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D UKE UNIVERSIT Y 

LIBRARY 




Phillips Chapel 1949 



Phillips Chapel 

Methodist Church 

1849 - 1949 




The present church is the second building on this site. It joined the Methodist Episcopal Conference in its beginning and has 
remained a connectional Methodist Church in the North Carolina Conterence. 




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Phillips Chapel 

United Methodist 

Church 



1849-1981 



A history of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church 
1849-1981. Compiled by Mrs. Mattie D. Shore and Mrs. 
Sarah C. Davis Morrow. 







Since retiring in June 1978, I was reappointed by the Ad- 
ministrative Board to finish the history of Phillips Chapel 
United Methodist Church. 

Jack has supported and assisted me in this endeavor. 
Together, we have set ourselves to the task of compiling the 
recent history of the church, of getting it ready for the prin- 
ting, and with the help of the church members raising funds 
to have it published. 

Mattie D. Shore 



Dedicated in honor and to the memory of the six or- 
dained ministers, who have gone out from Phillips 
Chapel United Methodist Church into the full time 
ministry. 



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

In 1949 when the new Phillips Chapel Church was completed and the old church 
removed from the grounds, the church members became interested in the church's 
history. The idea was to collect as much history of the first church as possible and 
to include the history of the building of the new church. I was appointed by the of- 
ficial board of the church to begin this history. 

It has been said that "beginnings seldom have records" and we have not yet 
found any written records on organizing The Phillips Chapel Methodist Episcopal 
Church South. We have been fortunate in getting some history that has been hand- 
ed down by word of mouth. 

Some of the members and friends of the first church who contributed to its 
history were: 

Mrs. Ada Thompson Bradshaw, who spent much time answering questions about 
the different location of parsonages, of which Phillips Chapel owned an interest in, 
charges of which the church was a part of, and the remodeling and changing of 
doors and pulpit. 

Mr. Charlie P. Thompson gave some history on the designing of the ceiling and 
walls of the first church done by his father, Mr. Will Thompson. 

Mrs. Lizzie J. Davis gave the history of soliciting funds and purchasing the 
pews. My own father, George C. Davis , answered many questions on the remodel- 
ing of the church when new rafters and a roof was put on, and on the condition of 
the church when torn down in 1949. 

Mrs. Ola Snipes Crawford shared some history handed down to her by Mrs. 

Sallie Thompson and Miss Melvina Thompson on camp meetings. Mrs. Mary Foust 

of Melville gave the history of the black people attending Phillips Chapel before the 

Civil War. Mrs. Lillie Turner Hale gave the history of the land for the first church. 

Mr. Will H. Teer shared some interesting facts about the brush arbor revivals. 

Mrs. Annie Webster, who taught at the old Phillips Chapel School about the turn 
of the century, was able to recall many names of her students, when I talked with 
her in 1949. Mr. Willie J. Davis attended Phillips Chapel School and contributed to 
the school history. Mr. Zula T. Terrell, a member of Phillips Chapel Methodist 
Church, shared many interesting facts about the old school and the church. Mrs. 
Terrell was able to identify most of the people from an old portrait of Phillips Chapel 
people taken on the steps of Salem Methodist Church when the two churches came 
together for a Sunday School picnic during the summer of 1912. 

I wish to express my gratitude to the families of the six ministers who have gone 
out from our church. They have graciouisly furnished the information needed for 
this book. 

I wish to express my appreciation to the many church members of the present 
time, and I hope they will recognize the contributions they have made, their 
parents, and even their grandparents as they read this history. I am deeply grateful 
to Mrs. Sarah Davis Morrow, who served for several years as church historian and 
collected some of the history of this book. I wish to express my thanks to the follow- 
ing people: Mrs. Betty Lou Sawyer for the history of The United Methodist Women 
and the Sunday School Superintendents: Mr. Jerry Auman for his report on 
organizing of The United Methodist Mens Club; to the counselors of The Methodist 
Youth Fellowship, both past and present, and to all those who have loaned pictures 
and shared material for this book. Mr. Dale Cook has been most helpful and infor- 
mative on the recent history, such as, the last parsonage built, land that has been 
bought, and recent work done on the church and parsonage. 

I wish to express my gratitude to those who have assisted with the typing: Rev. 



J. C. Shore, Mrs. Lacy Scott, Mrs. Donna Davidson, and Mrs. Jo Ann Auman, who 
typed the original manuscript and made valuable suggestions and corrections. 

Rev. Barney L. Davidson researched the names of the Sunday School 
Superintendents back to 1954 when the Burlington District was organized. Duke 
Divinity School Library and the Manuscript Department researched the names of 
ministers who had served Phillips Chapel Methodist Church on the Alamance 
Charge back to 1854 and reported that Alamance Charge was not listed earlier. 

Mr. Jerry L. Auman proofread and made corrections in the manuscript. 



Contents 

Page 

Forward 1 

From The Societies to The United Methodist Church 2 

Early History ot Phillips Chapel Methodist Church and Schools 4 

Old Church Remodeled 8 

Ministers Serving Phillips Chapel 1 854 - 1 980 10 

Ministers who have gone out from Phillips Chapel Church 12 

Salem-Chapel Charge Parsonage 24 

Planning and Constructing of a New Church 25 

Durham District Conference 33 

Dedication of New Church 37 

Old Landmarks 40 

Sunday School Work 43 

Church Officers 48 

Young People's Work 51 

United Methodist Women 55 

The Methodist Men's Club 61 

The Phillips Chapel Memorial Association 62 

Phillips Chapel a Station Church 69 

Bicentennial of The Circuit Rider 1976 70 

Old Fashion Day Celebration 1978 74 

Church Socials - Appreciation Day 77 

In Honor 80 

In Memoriam 80 

Miscellaneous Photos 86 

Primary Source Materials 87-93 



FORWARD 

When I was appointed in 1949 to write the history of Phillips Chapel Methodist 
Church, I was hopeful that I could trace down something that would lead to the very 
beginning of the church but this seems to be an impossible task. Then I realized the 
next best thing to do was to talk with the oldest members of Phillips Chapel. At that 
time there were several still living who had reached their seventies. They were able 
to reminisce and share some interesting history that had been handed down by 
word of mouth. 

At least the people of Phillips Chapel were a community of people who came 
together to worship God, and build a better life for themselves as was evidenced by 
the church they built which served the community for one hundred years. It is good 
to remember that they endured hardships that we can hardly imagine today. 

The life of the traveling preacher was not an easy one as he traveled by 
horseback through the heat, the cold, wind and storms and served churches that 
were many miles apart. Always hoping to find some hospitable family along the way 
that would accommodate the preacher and his horse for the night. The Discipline 
required the minister to be merciful to his beast to ride moderately to rub and feed 
his horse. The early preacher and his horse were thought of together — A man and 
a horse. 

With all the comforts we enjoy today it should remind us that we have inherited a 
lot from those who endured much. 



FROM THE SOCIETIES TO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, was born in England in 1703 and died in 
1791 . As a student at Oxford his leaning toward Pietism was manifested because he 
and his brother organized groups of students who pledged themselves to arise at 
four A.M. and so Methodically organized the hours of their day as to give time for 
Bible reading, meditation and prayer. 

In ridicule, the other students called them "Methodist" and their groups 
"Methodist Societies." 

The boys accepted and adopted the name. These Societies were within the 
framework of the church of England. 

The Methodist Societies in America organized by Francis Asbury were still within 
the framework of the church of England, but without the benefit of clergy and 
sacraments. This sorely distressed John Wesley and he sent Dr. Thomas Coke to 
America to ordain Frances Asbury who was a lay preacher. He was ordained a 
deacon, then an elder and then consecrated for the work of a General Superinten- 
dent (later called Bishop). 

Methodist had considered themselves a part of the church of England, but ties 
with the Mother Country had been broken by the Revolutionary War and most 
younger men spoke out against being associated with the church of England. John 
Wesley understood their feelings and sent word by Thomas Coke that the 
Americans should organize themselves into an Episcopal Church. It was John 
Dickens, from Halifax, N.C., who suggested the name Methodist Episcopal Church, 
and his suggestion was adopted. 

In the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America there were two 
notable divisions In 1828 a group separated and called themselves The Methodist 
Protestant Church. This group insisted on lay representation. In 1844, there was 
another division, the cause being construed by some as the question of slavery, by 
others as a constitutional issue over the powers of the General Conference versus 
the episcopacy. 

Afteryears of negotiation a plan of union was agreed upon; and on May 10, 1939 
the Methodist Episcopal, The Methodist Episcopal Church South, and the 
Methodist Protestant Church united to form The Methodist Church. 

In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church 
united and became "The United Methodist Church." Since their beginning they 
had lived and worked side by side in friendly fellowship. Had it not been for the dif- 
ference in language the Methodist working among English speaking people and the 
Evangelical and United Brethren working among those speaking German — they 
might, from the beginning, have been one church. 



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Early History of Phillips Chapel Methodist 
Church and Schools 

Little is known about the early history ot Phillips Chapel Church. We do know that 
a circuit rider by the name of Phillips established a preaching mission there some 
years before a church was built in 1849. Some of the older members of the church 
say this date is incorrect and that the church was built much earlier. The marble 
slate with the date of 1849 was put on the church in the early twenties by Mr. 
Henry Moore of Burlington, who held great interest in the church and cemetery. A 
brush arbor was used until the church was built. At the church's completion it was 
named Phillips Chapel in honor of its first preacher. According to information hand- 
ed down by word of mouth, the brush arbor was used for many years after the 
church was built to hold camp meetings. These services would last for at least a 
week or more. Several little cabins were built to cook, eat, and sleep in. Their only 
means of travel was by foot, horseback, wagons, and buggies. They brought a 
good supply of food from home and some even brought their cow along. 

We are told that during these camp meetings there was some good old Methodist 
shouting. On one occasion when a woman was making bread, she became happy 
and came out of the cabin shouting and clapping with dough still on her hands. This 
information was passed on to Ola Snipes, who was a neighbor of Mrs. Sallie 
Thompson and Miss Melvina Thompson. These two women were witnesses to some 
of the camp meetings. 

The first church was a one room building about 36x50 feet. It was a hewed fram- 
ing and foundation. The sleepers were round logs with the bark left on. The corner 
posts were hewed out in a hog trough style; wooden pegs were used to hold the 
framing instead of nails. 

A Bradshaw family who lived in the community mortgaged their home in order to 
secure funds to build the first church. According to rumor the note was never paid 
off and the family lost their home. This information was passed on by Mr. Charlie 
Thompson, who was a life long member of Phillips Chapel Church. 

As was the case in many instances, the new church soon founded a school. The 
school took its name after the church and existed until about the turn of the cen- 
tury. It was located across the road, almost directly in front of our present church 
building. 

Some of the teachers of this school were: 

Mrs. Roella Davis Turner 

Miss Annie Webster 

Miss Dora Jones 

Mrs. Mammie Ray 

Mrs. Lizzie Thompson Kearns 

Mrs. Lizzie Bell Foust 

Mrs. Lula Amick 

Mrs. Maggie Newlin Thompson 

Mr. Newlin Thompson 

Mrs. Annie Bradshaw Wilson (Meadow Creek School) 

Students who wanted to further their education went to the Hawfields High 
School and boarded with someone in the community. 

Phillips Chapel School was a large one room building with a huge fireplace. The 
blackboard was a large hand-planed board and painted black. Soapstone was often 
used for chalk. The outside was planked up and down and unpainted. 

When the Phillips Chapel School was disbanded, the old school building was sold 

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PHILLIPS CHAPEL SCHOOL HOUSE 




Phillips Chapel School House 
The porch was added by Mr. Will Teer who bought the old school house. It was moved across 
the field and joined to his house. 




The first building to the left was the Phillips Chapel school, but without the porch. 




Two of the school teachers at old Phillis Chapel were: 

Left: Mrs. Roella Davis Turner 

Right: Mrs. Maggie Newlin Thompson 



SHADY GROVE SCHOOL PICTURES 




Shady Grove School Children 
1928 - 1929 1st Grade 



Shady Grove School Children 




Shady Grove School Children 
3rd Grade 





Shady Grove Ball Game 
Charlie Bradshaw • 1929 



On the last day of school at Shady Grove, a program, picnic dinner 
and a ball game was planned. 






V 

Mr. Alex Thompson: First teacher at Shady Grove School, gave a .. „ _ . k _ . „ „ ,. ,,„.„.„,„ 

New Testament to his students : 1917-1918 and 1921-1922. Mrs. Anme M.nor Ray: Teacher at Shady Grove School 1918-1919. 



Miss Blanch Banks: Teacher at Shady Grove School: 
1920-1921 




Miss Lois Coble, teacher 1928-1929 at Shady Grove. 



Mrs. Narive W. Morrow: Last teacher at Shady Grove School. 
1933-1934. 



to Mr. Will Teer and moved beside his house. There it was used for a kitchen and 
dining room. 

The Teer home was later remodeled by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shore, son-in-law 
and daughter of Mr. Will Teer. The kitchen and dining rooms of the old school are 
still in use today. 

Some of the students who attended Phillips Chapel School were: 

John Crawford Bertha Turner Thompson 

Kern Thompson Annie Turner 

Ada Thompson Bradshaw Pearl Crawford Thompson 

Zula Thompson Terrell Mattie Crawford Amick 

Charlie Thompson Mae Crawford 

June Thompson George Crawford 

Ira Ward Paul Crawford 

John Payne Carrie Thompson Coble 

Sallie Turner Teer Grady Teer 

Lawerence Thompson Herbert Teer 

Willie Davis Maurice Teer 

Mattie Davis Paris Avon Bradshaw 

George Davis Quince Bradshaw 

Eddie Davis Jennie Paris Dixon 

Carson Davis Lizzie Paris Rimmer 

Lee Davis Walter Thompson 

Alfred Paris Herbert Thompson 

Lydia Thompson Jim Thompson 

Currie (Kirk) Paris Pope Bradshaw 

Lawrence Turner Luther Bradshaw 

Frank Turner Walter Bradshaw 

Charles Turner Lacy Thompson 

After the Phillip's Chapel School House was sold, some of the students attended 
the Meadow Creek School. Others attended the school at Salem. It was at this time 
the school near Salem Church burned. It was around Christmas time and meant no 
more school that year. 

The people of the community began to make plans for a new school. It was 
located about one mile south of the old Phillips Chapel School. Shady Grove was the 
new school's name and it was built by the county. It had one room and an entrance 
porch, with a small room for lunch boxes, a water bucket and heavy coats. A 
woodstove was used for heating. 

The first event was a flag raising ceremony and naming of the school, The Shady 
Grove School. The service was led by the pastor of Phillips Chapel Church, Rev. N. 
B. Strickland, who served from 1917 to 1919. It is now the home of Dalton, deceas- 
ed, and Linda Mckenzie. In this schoolhouse all seven grades were taught by one 
teacher until the spring of 1934. 



OLD CHURCH REMODELED 

In 1902 the church was remodeled and supervised by Mr. W. P. Thompson. The 
rafters were donated by E. C. Davis and timber was cut by his sons: Willie, George, 
and Eddie Davis. The ceiling and walls were hand dressed. The pulpit and doors 



were changed to the opposite end of the church. The first pews were handmade 
and painted white. They had open backs and no arm rests; these pews were used 
until about 1920. Mrs. E. C. Davis helped to solicit funds from church members 
and friends to purchase pews, which are still in use. 

The painting of the church was done by Mr. Alson Holmes and Mr. Numan 
Thompson. 

Money was collected to purchase a new organ and carpet. The carpet was given 
in memory of Mrs. Lou Bradshaw, who had served as Sunday School Superinten- 
dent. A few years later a much better organ was given by Mr. Charlie Bradshaw and 
the old one was sold to Miss Lois Bradshaw of Burlington. 

The slaves attended church at Phillips Chapel until they were freed. The back 
pews were reserved for them. 

Many blacks continued to attend Phillips Chapel during revivals and special days 
as late as 1930. Their cemetery, which joins the white cemetery, has been well 
kept through the years. 

A few years following the Civil War, about 1875, the black people built for 
themselves a little log church almost insight(of Phillips Chapel. Their church was 
built on the land now owned by Mrs. John Thompson. All the black people left the 
Chapel but Aunt Charlotte Dixon, who remained a member until her death. She lived 
in the Hawfields community, and came with the Webster family or anyone she could 
get a ride with. Mr. Webster was the Sunday School Superintendent at that time. 

Aunt Charlotte prepared a dinner one Sunday for the pastor and, also, invited Mr. 
Webster to eat with her. The preacher said, "I enjoyed the meal, but would rather 
have had your presence at church." 

When Aunt Charlotte passed away, the black people buried her as close to the 
white people as they could. Her grave is in the corner of the cemetery, next to the 
church where a rose bush separates the white and black cemetery. She was faithful 
to attend church. Some of the older members can remember her coming to the-altar 
to take communion after the invitation was over for the white people. She attended 
church in stiff starched clothes that rattled as she walked. She was quoted as say- 
ing that Phillips Chapel was her church, the only one she knew and that she loved 
it. The pastor of Phillips Chapel conducted Aunt Charlotte's funeral about one year 
after her death. It was the black people's custom to bury their dead immediately, 
but hold the funeral at a more convenient time. The pastor invited all the blacks, but 
only a few attended, just the George Thompson family. 

The black people later moved their church to Melville and organized a Con- 
gregational Christian Church, because the budget would be less than that of a 
Methodist Church. 

The above information concerning the black people was furnished by Mrs. Mary 
Foust of Melville, who attended Phillips Chapel when she was a little girl. 

It was about 1922 that some minor repairs were made on the old church. Cement 
steps were poured, which were about twenty feet long and extended past both front 
doors. There were two aisles and three rows of pews, the center row was long 
pews. The church was heated by a large stove, which burned either wood or coal. 
On the right side of the pulpit were three pews which the choir occupied, and on the 
left side were three pews of the same length called the Amen Corner. About this 
same period of tjme, 1922, some new pulpit chairs were given by Mr. and Mrs. 
Gurney Williams of Raleigh. These chairs are in use today. 

The Sunday School of the old Phillips Chapel did not have classrooms to meet in; 
but to provide some privacy and block the view from others, a wire was stretched 
four ways across the church and each corner was curtained. This took care of four 

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classes, while the adult class met in the center middle aisle near the old wood 
stove. Six huge kerosene lamps with bronze shades hung from the ceiling. This 
served the purpose well for evening services except for the organist and choir. Mr. 
and Mrs. Lacy James solved this problem by donating an aladdin lamp. 

It was during this remodeling that the stone marker with the date of 1849 was 
placed on the front of the church. It was given by Mr. and Mrs. (Maggie Davis) 
Henry Moore of Burlington. 

Ministers Serving Phillips Chapel 1854-1980 

Appointments Made at Annual Conference 
Alamance Charge not listed earlier 

B. 



1854 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 

1855 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 

1856 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 

1857 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 

1858 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 
1959 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 

1860 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 

1861 Greensboro District, Alamance Charge 

1862 Raleigh District, Alamance Charge - James Smoot 

1863 Trinity College District, Alamance Charge - William Barnes 

1864 Trinity College District, Alamance Charge - William Barnes 

1865 No Appointments Listed 



M. Williams 
B. M. Williams 
Samuel J. Spotts 
Alexander Gattis 
Charles H. Phillips 
Charles H. Phillips 
Clarendon M. Pepper 
J. F. Smoot 



1866 H 

1867 H 

1868 H 

1869 H 

1870 H 

1871 H 

1872 H 

1873 H 

1874 H 

1875 H 

1876 H 

1877 H 

1878 H 

1879 H 



sboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 

Isboro District 



Alfred Norman 
Alfred Norman 



T. 

T. 
T. 

R. 
R. 
R. 
R. 



Gattis 

Gattis 

Gattis 

Webb 

Webb 

Webb 

Webb 
liam Jordan 
F. Bumpass 
F. Bumpass 
M. Brown 
M. Brown 



Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge 

Alamance Charge - R 

Alamance Charge - R 

Alamance Charge - R 

Alamance Charge - R 
Ministers who served in the old Phillips Chapel Church after 1880 and 
Name 

Rev. John Tillett 

Rev. L. L. Johnson 

Rev. J. C. Hartsell 

Rev. J . B. Martin 

Rev. M.J. Hunt 

Rev. B. C. Thompson 

Rev. Jas. A. Daily 

Rev. N. C. Yearby 

Rev. M. M. McFarland 

Rev. C. M. Lance 

Rev. T. W. Vick 

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until 1949: 
Dates 
1880-1884 
1884-1888 
1888-1890 
1890-1892 
1892-1896 
1896-1900 
1900-1903 

? 

? 

1905-1909 
1909-1913 



MINISTERS SERVING PHILLIPS CHAPEL 





Rev. N.B. Strickland 
1917-1919 



Rev. Frederick A. Lupton 
1923-1927 



Rev. John Andrew Tharpe Rev. Thomas Bryant Hough 

1933-1937 1937-1941 




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Rev. Ivey T. Poole 
1941-1945 



Rev. Owight A. Petty 
1945-1946 




Rev. John 0. Robinson 
1950 




Rev. Raymond Zenos Newton 
1956-1959 



Rev. W.K. Babington 
1951-1952 



Rev. William D. Sabiston 
1959-1961 




Rev. John R. Poe 
1946-1950 




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Rev. Carson Olin Wiggins 
1969-1974 



Rev. W. F.Galloway 1913-1917 

Rev. N. B. Strickland 1917-1919 

Rev. W. R. Hardesty 1919-1922 

Rev. L. M. Chaffin 1922-1923 

Rev. F. A. Lupton 1923-1929 

Rev. J. B. Long 1929-1930 

Rev. J. L. Rowland 1930-1930 

Rev. J. W. Dimmette 1930-1931 

Rev. E. G. Overton 1931-1933 

Rev. J. A. Thorpe 1933-1937 

Rev. T. B. Hough 1937-1941 

Rev. I.T.Poole 1941-1945 

Rev. D. A. Petty 1945-1946 

Rev . John R . Poe 1 946- 1 949 

Ministers who served in the new Phillips Chapel Church after 1949: 

Rev. John R. Poe 1949-1950 

Rev. JohnO. Robinson 1950-1951 

Rev. W. K. Babington 1951-1952 

Rev. W. A. Seawell 1952-1956 

Rev. R. Z. Newton 1956-1959 

Rev. W. D. Sabiston 1959-1961 

Rev. R. M.CIinard 1961-1962 

Rev. W. L.Crowell 1962-1964 

Rev. HoraceT. Ferguson 1964-1968 

Rev. J.T. Leadford 1968-1969 

Rev. Carson 0. Wiggins 1969-1974 

Rev. Phil Simms 1974-1975 

Rev. Charles N . Burgess 1 975-1 976 

Rev. George Alson Davis 1976-1980 

Rev. Jimmy R. Tatum 1 980 



Ministers Who Have Gone Out From Phillips Chapel Church 



Dr. Michael Bradshaw was the first of six ordained ministers from Phillips Chapel 
Methodist Church to go into the full time ministry. 

Dr. Bradshaw's parents once owned the farm where Coy and Ruby Davis now 
live. It was here that Dr. Michael Bradshaw was born. He attended Phillips Chapel 
Methodist Episcopal Chuch South until his parents made the decision to exchange 
farms with Charles and Nancy Davis and move to Trinity College in Randolph Coun- 
ty, North Carolina. 

I would like to include in Phillips Chapel Methodist Church history some informa- 
tion from a biography of Dr. Michael Bradshaw which was furnished by his 
daughter, Mrs. Margaret B. Linton. Mrs. Linton now lives in Wilson, North Carolina 
and has visited Phillips Chapel Methodist Church many times with her father in 
years gone by. 

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Dr. Michael Bradshaw 



BRADSHAW, MICHAEL, D.D., Clergyman - For thirty-nine years an active 
clergyman and preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church South, the Rev. 
Michael Bradshaw, D.D., spent thirteen of those years at Durham, North Carolina, 
where he was pastor at two different periods of his life of the Duke Memorial 
Church. A native North Carolinian, he was thoroughly acquainted with local pro- 
blems and affairs; and in each of the communities in which he served in his noble 
calling, he performed work of vast spiritual and material importance. A leader of his 
flocks, he was loved by them. They carried out his principles and projects, 
moreover, so that he exerted a considerable influence for good, not only in the 
church circle, but in civic life. As he was public-spirited in his social relationships, 
he was kindly and genial as a friend, his individual and social qualities both reflec- 
ting the fine spirit that guided and motivated his heart and mind. 

Dr. Bradshaw was born on a farm in Alamance County, North Carolina, on 
December 18, 1859, son of William S. and Margaret F. (Stockard) Bradshaw, both 
of whom were born in the same county. The family was an old one, long established 
in the South. One branch of the family left England for the New World more than two 
centuries ago, settling in Pennsylvania. Later a branch of the Pennsylvania Brad- 
shaws took up their home in North Carolina, buying, more than a century ago, a 
part of the old Burlington Hawfield lands, in what was then Orange County. Here 
they intermarried with the Albrights and the Stockards, both of which families had 
settled on these rich lands many years before the War of the American Revolution. 
Both Dr. Bradshaw's paternal and maternal grandfathers were natives of Alamance 
County, North Carolina, the latter, John Stockard by name, having served for many 
years in the North Carolina Legislature and having been a prominent man in his day. 
Margaret Faucette Stockard, mother of Dr. Bradshaw, was of Dutch descent, and 
she owned and read her own Bible in the Dutch language. 

William S. and Margaret F. (Stockard) Bradshaw were farming people and 
devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He served as a justice 
of the peace and during the War Between the States was captain of a company of 
North Carolina infantry. When the storm of 1861 flared forth, Mrs. Bradshaw nurs- 
ed the children through the dark days and nights of war. After the last awful strug- 
gle at Bennettsville. South Carolina, in April, 1865, Captain Bradshaw was given 
charge of the regiment to replace the colonel who was killed. After the war, the 
Bradshaws, like others in the South, were impoverished, having only their land. On 
this property he and the surviving boys worked until, in a few years, they ac- 
cumulated enough to give each child a college education. He became the largest 
wheat farmer in Alamance County. In 1872 William S. Bradshaw removed to old 

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Trinity College, in Randolph County, North Carolina, where his sons were 
graduated: G. S. Bradshaw in 1876, W. G. Bradshaw in 1877, and Michael Brad- 
shaw in 1878. His daughter, Bettie, Mrs. J. J. Partridge, was graduated from 
Greensboro College about 1877. The early habits of work stimulated in these 
children, together with the farm training and the influence of the saintly mother and 
the fine father, had a power for good in the lives of the younger members of the 
family and all who came into contact with them. 

After attending Graham Academy, at Graham, North Carolina, where he was 
taught by the Rev. W. S. Long, Michael Bradshaw, with whom we are primarily 
concerned herein, was a student at Trinity College, from which, as noted above, he 
was graduated in 1878. He then took a law course at the University of North 
Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and in 1885 began practicing law at 
Asheboro, there continuing for five years. Meanwhile, developments within him 
had impelled him to change his work and enter the ministry. In December, 1891 , he 
joined the North Carolina Conference. His first charge was the Lillington Circuit, 
whence he went to Morehead City, North Carolina. He afterward served at churches 
at Maxton, Tarboro, and Goldsboro, and was made presiding elder of the Wilm- 
ington District. He then was given charges at Durham, Wilson, Edenton Street 
Church in Raleigh, and again at Durham, and closed his active ministry as 
presiding elder of the Raleigh District. 

In Durham, his service to the Duke Memorial Church covered a total period of 
thirteen years, one stretch of four years and another of five. All who knew him loved 
the man and regarded him as an excellent preacher and spiritual guide. From 
December, 1923, he was presiding elder of the Durham District; and though he 
served in many communities, it was probably in Durham that he felt most at home 
because of his long attachment to the city. The citizens of Durham and the members 
of Duke Memorial Church, in turn, loved him. As H. C. Smith wrote in a church 
publication: ' 'There may be a difference of opinion as to who is the second or third 
man among the pastors of this church, but there is no question about who is first ... 
If there is a person anywhere who has an idea that Dr. Bradshaw's preaching days 
are over, I advise that person to hear him." 

The time did come, however, when Dr. Bradshaw felt impelled to retire from his 
active endeavors. It was a touching scene at that morning session of the con- 
ference, in November, 1930, at which he asked, of his own volition, that his name 
be referred for the superannuate relation. Declaring that "sometimes the way has 
been dark but glorious," he said, addressing Bishop E. D. Mouzon: "There is just 
one hard thing about this, and that is the thing of quitting — quitting the work you 
love and to which you have given your life. I hope that I will not be remembered as a 
quitter, but as a fighter in my humble way for the great causes of truth and 
righteousness. I do not feel that I am quitting today. I am simply taking a day off. I 
am turning aside for a little siesta or afternoon nap. I am just a little bit nearer home 
than the rest of you are." 

In many different branches of North Carolina life, Dr. Bradshaw was intensely in- 
terested. One subject that concerned him closely was education. He was a trustee 
of Duke University and for more than half a century one of its active alumni. The 
degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him in 1914 by Trinity College. He 
was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, which he joined in his own student 
days, as well as of the Free and Accepted Masons. He represented the North 
Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, on a number of oc- 
casions at the General Conference of the denominatiion. Not only was he an elo- 
quent preache r and a wise leader of many congregations and departments of his 
church, but also a kindly and sympathetic man, possessed of tremendous powers 

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of friendship. His friends included many nofed men, one of fhe closest having been 
Senator F. M. Simmons; and though many of them were of the older generation, Dr. 
Bradshaw's popularity among younger people, among whom he did so much 
valuable work, never dwindled with the years. He helped often to keep alive the 
Sunday school work because of his own youthful attitude. 

Dr. Michael Bradshaw married at Tarboro, Edgecomb County, North Carolina, on 
April 7, 1897, Marry Whitehurst, of that place, daughter of Robert and Melvira 
Whitehurst, of Tarboro. Mrs. Bradshaw had been a teacher until her marriage. To 
Dr. and Mrs. Bradshaw were born five children: 1 . Mary Whitehurst, who lived only 
three years. 2. Margaret Stockard, who was for five years recorder of Duke Univer- 
sity and is now the wife of W. D. Linton, Jr. , and lives in Wilson, North Carolina. 3. 
Robert Wallace, educated at Trinity College (now Duke University) of Durham, 
North Carolina, and Columbia University, was for nine years principal of the school 
and assistant superintendent of the Children's Home of Winston Salem, North 
Carolina. In 1931 he gave up this position to enter the ministry and joined the North 
Carolina Conference at Greenville, just forty years after his father joined there. 

When Dr. Bradshaw passed away at Durham, on February 7, 1932, North 
Carolina lost one of her most public-spirited citizens and the church and its 
members a valued worker. Said the Hon. Josephus Daniels, prominent North 
Carolinian and ex-Secretary of the Navy of the United States, a man whose life was 
quite different from that of Dr. Bradshaw: 

"I knew Dr. Mike Bradshaw early in his life, when he had a flair for politics and 
law and when his ambition ran in the line of public service. My first acquaintance 
with him was when he was a very young man, a clerk in the Legislature, and 
displayed those qualities of good fellowship which won many hearts. Upon the 
threshold of a promising career in politics and law, he heard the still small voice 
that called him to the Christian ministry. It was clear to him as any spoken man- 
date. 'He was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.' ... Admonished that he 
lacked the physical strength to perform the highservice, he laid down his commis- 
sion and retired in a classic address that had about it the inspiration of the last let- 
ters of Paul, the aged. No one who heard that wise address of noble renunciation 
can ever forget it or the impression it made. It is the classic of modern Methodism. 
He retired to his ownhomein Durham, surrounded and beloved by friends whose 
devotion had been tested, and patiently waited the summons for the life eternal." 

In one of his sermons just before his retirement, Dr. Bradshaw paid hightribute to 
music and song man's expression of joy in the heart; and his passing from this life 
was but a flight on the wings of song to greet his Maker. 



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Rev. Samuel Freeman Nicks 



Rev. Samuel Freeman Nicks was the second young man to enter the ministry from 
Phillips Chapel Methodist Church, being reared in a country church must have in- 
fluenced his love and concern for rural churches. 

The Rev. S. F. Nicks was the guest speaker who brought the congregation of 
Phillips Chapel to the final decision to build a new church. The minutes of that 
meeting held on Sunday afternoon December 3, 1944 are recorded in this church 
history. 

A very beautiful tribute to this man's good life and service to his Lord and the 
church was paid to the Rev. Samuel F. Nicks by Mrs. Vernon Harrison which I wish 
to include in our history: 

' After 42 years of devotion to rural churches in the Durham district, the Rev. 
Samuel F. Nicks died on October 28 at his home in Hillsboro. The Methodist 
minister was 72 years old at the time of his death. He was born January 21 , 
1874. 

Funeral services were conducted in the Cedar Grove Church on October 30 
before one of the largest crowds ever assembled in that church. This final 
tribute to the Rev. Nicks came precisely one year after a dinner held in his 
honor at the same Orange County church upon the completion of his 42nd 
year in the ministry. At the dinner, which was served to 400 people, there 
were present fully 90 percent of the pastors of the district with other 
distinguished guests and friends from Durham, Orange, Alamance, Caswell 
and Person Counties, where he had had churches. 

The beginning of his ministry to country churches came soon after the Rev. 
Mr. Nicks' graduation from Trinity College in the class of 1903. He married 
Miss Emma Woods of the Cedar Grove Community and was ordained in the 
same year. He preached the rest of his eventful career in the area. 

With his bride the young pastor went to Burlington where he began his first 
charge. Thereafter he served the Burlington circuits, Pelham, Milton, 
Yanceyville, Leasburg, Hillsboro, Brooksdale and Cedar Grove. He made his 
home in Hillsboro after his retirement in 1945. 

Among the minister's most notable achievements was the part he played in 
erecting beautiful rural churches. Three of these buildings were constructed 
of stone and will long stand as monuments to his energy and concentration. 
Cedar Grove Church was constructed of "Duke University stone." The 
Walnut Grove and Allensville churches, Person County, are built of white flint 

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rock gathered in the same section. 

For 17 years the Rev. Mr. Nicks had one or more of his children in Trinity 
College or Duke University, and he is accredited with the distinction of send- 
ing more young people to Duke University than any Methodist minister in 
the two conferences in North Carolina. His son, Robert, was received on trial 
as a Methodist minister at the Conference in the fall of this year. 

During the period of 1932-33, the Rev. Mr. Nicks served as State 
Counselor of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and at the time 
of death he was State Chaplain of the Junior Order of United American 
Mechanics. 

The Rev. Mr. Nicks was surely one who realized fully the vast field of ser- 
vice in rural churches. During his ministry, the beloved preacher conducted 
more funerals than any other minister in this section and married hundreds of 
young people." 



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Rev. Lacy Hunter Thompson 



Lacy Hunter Thompson was born in Alamance County, North Carolina on January 
14, 1901. His parents were George William McCullough Thompson and Lydia 
Thompson (maiden name Thompson, also). 

He earned his A. B. degree at Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky in 1927 and 
his B. D. degree at the Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina in June of 
1932. 

He was converted at the age of 19 and felt the call to preach. He finished 2 years 
of high school, 4 years of college and 3 years of seminary by working at various 
part time jobs. 

He served 5 years in the Blue Ridge Atlantic Conference of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. He went to Iowa in October 1936 and served 30 years in small 
rural churches of South Iowa conference, retiring in 1966. 

On October 15, 1932 he married Eva Hager of Bessemer City, North Carolina. 
They had one son, Thomas L. Thompson. 

After retiring in June 1966 he lived 7 months in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; then 
spent 3 years in Maryland suburbs of D. C, taking an active part in the Good 
Shepherd Church near Silver Springs and the Chevy Chase Methodist Church in 
Maryland. During the last 10 years he has been active in Concord United Methodist 
Church of Route 2, Bessemer City, North Carolina. 

He had been in failing health from severe heart failure for several years with many 
other complications. He died October 1 , 1980 at the Kings Mountain Convalescent 
Center, Kings Mountain, N. C, where he had been cared for for one month. 

Services for Lacy were held at Concord United Methodist Church on October 4, 
1980 at 2:00 p.m. The pastor, Rev. Harry Queen was in charge with Rev. Gene Kin- 
caid assisting. Burial was in Smyrna Cemetery near the church. 

He is survived by his wife, Eva Hager Thompson, 203 N. 13th Street, Bessemer 
City, N. C. 28016 and son, Thomas L. Thompson of Baltimore, Maryland. 




George Alson Davis 
1916- 1980 



George Alson Davis was born into a Methodist tamily in the Phillips Chapel com- 
munity of Alamance County June 21, 1916 and went to his eternal home March 15, 
1980. 

He was the son of the late George Craven Davis and Mamie Riley Davis and the 
third of six children. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Register Davis of the home; two 
daughters, Mrs. Mary Frances Johnson and Mrs. Jayne Carlyle; two sons, Kenneth 
Alson Davis and David Michael Davis; three sisters, Mrs. R. R. Smith, Mrs. J. C. 
Shore and Mrs. Harry E. Thomason; one brother, William Homer Davis and eight 
grandchildren. 

As a child George was trained in a Christian home where there were family devo- 
tions. His parents took him to Sunday School and church regularly. Phillips Chapel 
Methodist Church was the first church that nurtured his faith. George often spoke 
of the experience he felt as a young lad when he made his profession of faith in 
Christ and joined the church. He said even at that tender age he felt that God had 
laid a claim on his life. He had been preaching several years before he was told by 
his father that his mother had dedicated him to the Lord for a minister. The mother 
of the family had passed away in 1931. 

George often said he was never more sure of anything than he was of his calling 
to the ministry. He recently mentioned in a sermon that he never allowed the Devil 
for one minute to cause him to doubt his calling to preach the Gospel. 

Preaching came natural for George, he preached to his brothers and sisters as a 
little boy while they worked on the farm. He was good at imitating the preacher he 
had heard the Sunday before at church. He could relate most of the sermon the 
following week. 

It was in later years that George entered the ministry. He was married and had 
two children when God renewed the call. At this time he felt compelled to prepare 
himself to become a minister. He left his employment and moved his family to 
Greenville, South Carolina and entered Holmes Bible College where he studied for 
five years and graduated in 1950. During this time he served small rural churches 
and worked for a dry cleaner to pay for his education and support his family. 
Elizabeth shared gladly and faithfully in the ministry with her husband and enrolled 
in Holmes Bible College to improve her own role as a minister's wife. 

In 1956 George joined the North Carolina Conference. He felt the need for more 
education and enrolled in Louisburg College where he graduated in 1960. He then 
attended Duke University. 

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George loved the Bible and read it daily; tie was a scriptural preacher and of the 
evangelistic type. He was one among few who could preach a good scriptural ser- 
mon without notes. He had a good knowledge of both the Old and the New Testa- 
ment and drew heavily from both to illustrate a point in his sermons. 

He was a person who could keep going when the going was rough and endure 
hardships with a sense of purpose. 

His love and concern for people won him a wide circle of friends. George was a 
person who lived life to the fullest and was a real inspiration to all who knew him. 
His cheerful attitude and words of wit made a bright spot in the day for those he 
came in contact with. 

George made it a practice to start his day with Bible reading and prayer. He often 
challenged his congregation to start every day with God. He lived with a song of 
praise on his lips. Recently when the writer visited with him, he mentioned that he 
was committing the 8th Psalm to memory. 

George loved his work as a minister and tried to do his best where ever he was 
sent. After joining the North Carolina Conference he served the following churches: 
Wayne Circuit, 1956; Bladen Circuit, 1958; Caledonia Circuit, 1963; Central 
-Johns, 1965; Glendon, 1966; Friendship, 1968 and Phillips Chapel, 1976 to 
1980. 

During his ministery of five years on the Bladen Circuit, George led his congrega- 
tion in the building of a beautiful new parsonage. 

Several goals were reached during his ministry at Phillips Chapel United 
Methodist Church. The church membership was increased, land was purchased for 
both the church and cemetery, the sanctuary was painted, storm windows were in- 
stalled on the sanctuary and Sunday School rooms, a new heating and air condi- 
tioning unit was intalled, and a picnic shelter on the church grounds is under con- 
struction. The picnic shelter was the idea of the pastor. To see a need was to act 
and apply himself to the task of getting it done. 

George delivered his final sermon December 2, 1979 at the 11 o'clock worship 
service. He preached with as much enthusiasm as he did in his early ministry. 
Again at 7:30 p.m. he taught the regular Bible Study on the Book of Acts. He sur- 
prised some of his church members with his ability to teach the scripture. 

On Wednesday morning December 5, 1979 he suffered his second major heart at- 
tack and stayed in Alamance County Hospital for twenty-one days and returned 
home December 26. He seemed to be making progress everyday and had started 
visiting among the church members. He had visited a member in the hospital who 
was facing surgery and had prayer with him. 

On Saturday morning, March 15, 1980 he suffered another heart attack that pro- 
ved to be fatal. I think one of his greatest desires when his years of service was 
ended was to depart this life and go to meet the Christ he had given his life to repre- 
sent. He often said he did not mind dying when his time came. 

The funeral service was held Monday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Phillips 
Chapel United Methodist Church by the Reverends Barney L. Davidson, Burlington 
District Superintendent; W. Hoyt Cheek and Jeff W. Davis. The church was filled 
and every available seat was taken in the Sunday School rooms. The P. A. system 
was set up to accommodate those who could not be seated in the sanctuary. 

Interment was in the Phillips Chapel United Methodist Cemetery where the of- 
ficiating ministers were the Reverend Barney L. Davidson and Bishop Robert M. 
Blackburn, who committed him to God's eternal care. 

Mattie D. Shore 

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Rev. Joe Cephus Shore 



Joe Cephus Shore, son of Mr. Guthrie L. Shore and Ida Elizabeth Helper Shore, 
was born May 11, 1912 in Randolph County. When Joe was seven years of age, his 
parents moved from Randolph County to a large farm in the southern part of 
Alamance County near Salem Methodist Church. The Shore family, having a 
Methodist background, soon became active in the Salem Medthodist Church. Joe, 
(Jack, a nickname given him by his uncle, has stuck with him until this day) made 
his profession of faith in Christ at the age of thirteen. Jack attended Sunday School 
and Worship service regularly. He was active in the Young people's work and serv- 
ed as president of The Christian Endeavor Society (which is now called The 
Methodist Youth Fellowship). 

After his marriage on December 17, 1938 to Mattie Althea Davis, Jack became 
active in the Phillips Chapel Methodist Church. He taught the Adult Bible Class, 
served as Sunday School superintendent and served for a period of seven years as 
president of the Phillips Chapel Memorial Association. 

During the building of the new Phillips Chapel Church, Jack served on the board 
of trustees. Many of the church members gave free labor and Jack gave a total of 
276 hours. He sanded and finished the baptismal font which is still in use. 

In 1952 when The Salem-Chapel charge decided to build a parsonage on 
Highway 54, Jack served as one of the Phillips Chapel Church trustees. He also 
served as charge treasurer for the two churches. 

For many years, Jack had felt that God was calling him to the active ministry. At 
the age of forty Jack enrolled at Elon College to prepare himself for the ministry. He 
attended evening classes and worked a full time job to support his family and pay 
for his education. 

Soon after he entered college he was appointed to serve Asbury Methodist 
Church in Chatham County until the next conference in 1956. At this time, Jack 
was appointed to Glencoe Methodist Church (Now St. Luke.) During these two ap- 
pointments, he continued to work a full time job and attend Elon evening classes. 

Jack received his education from Shady Grove Elementary School, Alexander 
Wilson High School, Elon College, and Duke University. 

During the first two appointments and for the first three years while serving the 
Hightower charge, the Shore family continued to live in their home in the Phillips 
Chapel Community. At this time, these three churches did not have a parsonage. 

During Jack's ministry at Hightower, a new parsonage was built and the family 
moved to Caswell County where Jack continued to serve this charge for three more 
years. 

Jack has served the following churches during his ministry: 

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Name of Church 


Dates Served 


District 


County 


Asbury 


1955-1956 


Burlington 


Chatham 


Glencoe (now St. Luke) 


1956-1957 


Burlington 


Alamance 


Hightower 


1957-1963 


Burlington 


Caswell 


Bellemont 


1963-1968 


Burlington 


Alamance 


Fairview 


1968-1971 


Burlington 


Alamance 


Fletcher's Chapel 


1971-1976 


Durham 


Durham 


Lemon Springs 


1976-1978 


Sanford 


Lee 



Jack retired following the 1978 Annual Conference and he and Mattie now live at 
Route 2 Graham, N.C. in the same community where they grew up. They are both 
active in the Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church. Jack is the newly elected 
president of the Phillips Chapel Memorial Association, assisting teacher of the 
Men's Bible Class and a member of the Methodist Men's Club. He continues to fill 
the pulpit for other ministers when his services are needed. 

Jack was appointed by the District Superintendent, Barney L. Davidson, to fill the 
pulpit at Phillips Chapel from December 1979 until June 1980 because of the illness 
and death of their minister Rev. George Alson Davis. 

Sunday, August 24, 1980 a surprise appreciation evening was held in the 
fellowship hall at Phillips Chapel to honor Jack for his years of service in the 
ministry and for his faithful support of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church. 

After the evening meal, a panel which consisted of Jerry Auman, Rev. Barney L. 
Davidson, Bill Wood, Jean Coble, Ray Sawyer, Walter Shore, and Rev. Jerry Dod- 
son spoke words of appreciation for Jack's service to the church. 

At this time, the minister Rev. Jimmy Tatum, presented a gift of $350.00 to Mat- 
tie Shore from church members and friends of the church to be used toward the 
publishing of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church History Book. 

Jack and Mattie have one daughter, Jo Ann S. Auman, and two grandsons 
Michael and Marc. 



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Career Overview 

for 

Rev. Donald F. Gum 



Don joined Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church in 1962. He decided to enter 
the ministry while serving in the Armed Forces and during a tour in Korea. Upon 
returning home and being discharged from the United States Army, Don began his 
formal training for the ministry. He entered Greensboro College in January, 1968 
where he majored in religion and psychology. During his first year at Greensboro 
College he and Brenda worked as leaders of the Youth Program at Phillips Chapel. 
Also during his first year at Greensboro he received his local preacher's license. At 
the North Carolina Annuai Conference in June, 1969 Don was appointed to his first 
parish as an Associate Pastor at Davis Street United Methodist Church in Burl- 
ington. He served in this position for two years and until finishing his 
undergraduate work in Greensboro. 

After graduation from Greensboro College in 1971, Don entered Duke University 
Divinity School and was appointed to Bethel United Methodist Church in Snow 
Camp where he served for three years. During this period of time, 1971-73, Don 
began to feel that his particular calling to the ministry involved more in ministry to 
the sick and in counseling. 

This special ministry called for more study beyond the normal Master of Divinity 
degree, and during his last year at Duke Don began the long process of equipping 
himself for this ministry. In addition to completing his Master of Divinity work in 
1974, Don also had entered and completed an internship in Clinical Pastoral Educa- 
tion with Duke Medical Center. 

Upon completing his graduate theological and clinical work, Don was appointed 
Director of Counseling Services with Greensboro College in Greensboro, North 
Carolina in June of 1974. During his three years of ministry with Greensboro Col- 
lege, Don was involved in establishing a counseling service in providing pastoral 
counseling to students and some community personnel. He also completed the re- 
quirements for Certification by The College of Chaplains and became a Clinical 
Fellow with The College of Chaplains in 1975. While Don enjoyed his work with 
Greensboro College, he continued to have a deep concern for the lack of pastoral 
care in North Carolina and Greensboro specifically. With the help of Greensboro Col- 
lege, and after much thougth, Don continued to speak out on his concerns related 
to pastoral care, and participated in forming the first Department of Pastoral Care 
and Chaplaincy Services at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro in 1977. Don 
became Director of The Department of Pastoral Care at Wesley Long Hospital at that 
time and has been with the hospital until the present. In 1979 Don became an of- 
ficial United Methodist Chaplain and was Endorsed by The Division of Chaplains 
and Related Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He also completed re- 
quirements and was certified as a Clinical Member of The Department of Pastoral 
Care at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro and as clinical director of a newly form- 

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ed Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Service in Greensboro. He has recently 
been elected as President of the North Carolina Chaplains Association. 

Don is married to the former Brenda Sawyer of Phillips Chapel Methodist Chur- 
ch and has two children, Tyra Ann and Donald Mark Gum. 



Salem-Chapel Charge Parsonage 



There have been many changes through the years concerning the parsonage and 
church. Phillips Chapel at one time was on the Burlington Circuit and the minister 
who served Front Street Church also served Phillips Chapel. The parsonage, of 
which Phillips Chapel owned an interest in, was located in Burlington. At some later 
date they owned an interest in a parsonage at Mebane and the minister from the 
Mebane Church served Phillips Chapel. 

During the ministry of Rev. W. F. Galloway, 1913 through 1917, a new par- 
sonage was built at Swepsonville and this same minister was the first to occupy it. 

A new charge was formed known as The South Alamance Charge. It consisted of 
four churches: Swepsonville, Saxapahaw, Phillips Chapel, and Clover Garden. 
These four churches remained together until after Unification in 1939. At this time, 
during the ministry of Rev. T. B. Hough, a three-point work was created known as 
the Swepsonville Charge and was made up of the Swepsonville Methodist Church, 
Salem Methodist, and Phillips Chapel Methodist. 

During the ministry of the Rev. W. K. Babington, the Swepsonville Church 
became a station work. At this time Salem and Phillips Chapel became a two-point 
work, and the name for the new charge was Salem-Chapel. These two churches 
were paid their part for the Swepsonville parsonage. 

In 1952 Rev. W. A. Seawell was appointed to serve the Salem-Chapel Charge. 
Since a parsonage had not been built, Mr. Seawell lived in his own home at Route 
2, Snow Camp, N. C. and served these two churches. Salem and Phillips Chapel 
immediately became active in raising funds to build a parsonage and select a 
building lot. Mrs. Annie Wilson's family donated one-half acre of land and Mr. and 
Mrs. Tom Payne donated one-half acre of land. The two churches, also, bought 
one-half acre of land from Mr. and Mrs. Tom Payne. This land was purchased for 
the amount of two hundred and fifty dollars. 

Salem and Phillips Chapel held a business meeting to select the necessary com- 
mittees for a building program. Mrs. Sarah Davis was elected secretary for the 
charge and J. C. Shore was elected charge treasurer. 

Each church then elected committees to serve in their local congregation. The 
building committee from Phillips Chapels was Mrs. Ray Sawyer, Mr. Parker Ed- 
wards, and Mrs. Sarah Davis. 

At a later date, Mr. Arthur Dodson was elected chairman of the building commit- 
tee for the two churches. 

The committees from both churches met and decided to hire Mr. John Apple to 
build the parsonage. 

It was built at the cost of approximately nine thousand dollars, but was valued at 
about twelve thousand when finished. There were donations of timber and labor 
from members of both churches. 

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Mrs. Eddie Bradshaw served as chairman of the furniture committee, also, serv- 
ing on this committee was Mrs. Richard White. 

The parsonage was competely furnished, and the Rev. W. A. Seawell and family 
were the first to live in the new parsonage. Open house was held soon after they 
moved in. 

The dedication service was held on Sunday, October 16, 1955 at 3:30 p.m. on 
the parsonage steps and lawn. Taking part in the note burning were Dr. Allen P. 
Brantley, Burlington District Superintendent, Rev. W. A. Seawell, Rev. J. C. Shore, 
and members of the building committee. Dr. Brantley, also, preached at the 11 
o'clock service. He and Mrs. Brantley were guests of the Seawell family for lunch 
at the new parsonage. 

As previously mentioned, not only did the parsonage undergo changes, so did 
the church. For many years the people of Phillips Chapel felt the need for a better 
and more comfortable place to worship. This was often the discussed topic among 
the members on Sundays when a preaching service was not held. Phillips Chapel at 
this time was on a four-point work with worship services on the 2nd and 4th Sun- 
days only. 



Planning and Construction of a New Church 



During the ministry of Rev. J. A. Thorpe, 1933-1937, George C. Davis was serv- 
ing as Sunday School Superintendent and chairman of the building committee. He 
was appointed to the latter office by the Rev. Mr. Thorpe, along with Miss Grace 
Paris and Mr. C. P. Thompson. As a committee, they felt their responsibility to be 
that of raising money for the building project. Mr. Davis proposed to start the fund 
by means of suppers accompanied by some type of entertainment. A small charge 
for the entertainment would be levied. A fellowship hall was the first building under 
discussion. 

The committee planned for a supper to be served on the church lawn. Mrs. Sarah 
Davis was in charge of the entertainment. The amount of $30.00 was raised from 
this event. 

Since this program proved to be a suitable means for raising money, many more 
of this type followed. Lawn suppers were served at the homes of some of the 
members. The Salem Fellowship Hall was often used, as was Alexander Wilson 
School. 

Each Sunday school class appointed a committee to sponsor various projects for 
raising money. Bazaars, plays, ball games, and suppers served to various clubs 
were some of themethods used. This fund raising continued for a period of about ten 
years, so did the discussion as to what would be built. Being a small congregation, 
some felt the price of a new church was out of reach; others were unwilling to settle 
for less. The feeling was that contributions towards a new church would be greater 
than if repairing the old one was attempted. 

Because of the cemetery, the influence of Phillips Chapel is far reaching. It can 
easily be traced from Greensboro to Raleigh. All of this made the subject of building 
a new church more challenging. 

The chairman of the building committee felt that the time was at hand when a 
decision must be made. Mr. George Davis asked permission from the church to ap- 
point a committee to meet and make a definite decision; he asked the church if it 
would abide by such a decision. The congregation voted to do so. 



Miss Grace Paris, Mr. George Bradshaw, and Mrs. J. C. Shore were appointed. 
This committee met in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Bradshaw in Burlington on 
November 24, 1944. 

After much discussion, Mr. Bradshaw suggested that we get some influential 
person to speak and invite the entire membership of Phillips Chapel to be present. 
Miss Grace Paris suggested that Rev. Sam Nicks would be the right person, 
because of his personal interest in Phillips Chapel and his experience in church 
building. Mr. Nicks accepted the invitation. The Rev. I. T. Poole, who was the 
minister from 1941-1945, arranged for such a meeting to be held. Mr. Poole called 
the meeting to order and asked that minutes be kept. 



Minutes of this meeting and all others are recorded in this history of Phillips 
Chapel Church. 



On Sunday afternoon, December 3, 1944, the entire membership of Phillips 
Chapel Church was invited to attend a business meeting at the church. This 
meeting was made possible by Miss Grace Paris, Mr. George Bradshaw, and Mrs. 
J. C. Shore, who had been appointed at some previous time to help bring the 
church to a definite decision as to what would be built. 

The Rev. I. T. Poole called the meeting to order and made some very challenging 
remarks about how much a new church would mean to the community. He also 
stated that a generation only builds but once and that it should strive to give God the 
best it could afford. 

The church school superintendent, George C. Davis, stated that the Sunday 
School work was greatly hindered because of the need of class rooms. 

The meeting was then turned over to Rev. Sam Nicks, who was the principal 
speaker for the afternoon. He spoke about the need of a new church. "The old one 
being ninety-six years old has served its day and now it is this generation's oppor- 
tunity to erect a new one; and by God's help it could be done." 

Mr. Nicks stated, "I have never seen a church started that was not finished." 

Mr. George Bradshaw was then given the opportunity to offer suggestions. He 
stated that it was necessary to find out how many were willing to contribute to a 
new church and asked for a rising vote of all in favor of a new church. It was a hun- 
dred percent vote for a new church. He then gave people the opportunity to make 
personal pledges which amounted to $2,800.00. It was then stated by Mr. Nicks 
that the church must get a permit from the quarterly conference to proceed with the 
plans. 

Mr. Poole then appointed a building committee: Mr. George Bradshaw, Mr. C. P. 
Thompson, Mrs. J. C. Shore, Mr. G. C. Davis, Mrs. Harris Wood and Miss Grace 
Paris. 

The benediction was pronounced by the pastor and the meeting was adjourned. 

These minutes were written by 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, as no secretary 

had yet been elected. 



The building committee for the new Phillips Chapel Church met at the church on 
Sunday afternoon, April 29, 1945. The entire membership was invited to attend. 
The purpose of the meeting was to proceed with further plans for the new church. 

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The meeting was called to order by Rev. I. T. Poole and the following officers 
were elected: Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman, Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary, and 
Miss Grace Paris, treasurer. 

The chairman took the floor and led a discussion on the type of church that 
should be built. Plans of churches the committee had visited the previous Sunday 
were shown and discussed. 

It was decided that a brick veneer was best with a full basement so as to take care 
of some of the Sunday School classes, contain a heating system, and serve as a 
fellowship hall. 

Mr. Poole was asked to get in touch with an architect and have some preliminary 
plans sketched. 

It was decided that the sanctuary be planned so as to use the old pews, if the 
church desired to do so. 

It was suggested that a desirable location for the new church would be west of 
the old church, facing north and south.* 

It was decided that pledge cards might be the best method of securing more 
pledges for the building fund. Mr. George Bradshaw agreed to have the cards 
printed. 

The meeting then adjourned. 

Respectively submitted, 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 

*lt was later decided to build the new church east of the old church. 



Mr. I. T. Poole called a meeting of the building committee to meet on the church 
grounds at the noon hour on Memorial Day, May 27, 1945. All who were interested 
in observing the plans were asked to meet with the committee. 

The architect, Mr. H. N. Haines, was present to offer suggestions and explain 
the drawings he had made. 

It was stated by Mr. Poole that the plans had been approved by the church the 
previous Sunday, May 20, 1945, when they were presented to the church by the 
pastor. 

The architect suggested that in digging the basement the dirt should be saved to 
fill in the front to prevent a long flight of steps at the entrance. Mr. Haines, also, 
suggested that immediate plans be made to have the road moved and lay the foun- 
dation as early as possible, so this would not be standing in the way to prevent con- 
struction when material was available. 



Respectively submitted, 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 



The Phillips Chapel building committee met at Mr. C. P. Thompson's cabin on 
Sunday night, June 17, 1945, to discuss the best methods of securing more 
pledges for the building fund. 

The chairman, Mr. George Bradshaw, suggested that each concerned person 
make themselves a finance committee and not depend entirely on the seven who 
were appointed. 

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He suggested that pledges be accepted in timber which was greatly needed. 
Mr. I. T. Poole urged that the community be canvassed as early as possible for 
these donations in timber. 
Pledges were received that night which amounted to $300. 
Refreshments were served and the meeting adjourned. 

Respectively submitted, 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 



On Wednesday night, August 1 , 1945, the building committee of Phillip's Chapel 
Church met at the parsonage in Swepsonville for the purpose of making an applica- 
tion to the Duke fund for the amount of thirty-five hundred dollars. It was stated by 
Mr. I. T. Poole that the application would be signed by the church trustees then 
sent to Dr. J . N . Ormond who would forward it to the New York Board for the Duke 
endowment fund. 

A donation of one hundred dollars worth of nails was made by Mr. George Brad- 
shaw. 

It was stated that permission from Raymond Shore had been received to move the 
road. 

The meeting was adjourned. 

Respectively submitted, 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 

Mr. C. P. Thompson, Chmn. Board of Trustees 

Mr. W. J. Davis 
Mr. W. M. Edwards 



A business meeting was called at Phillips Chapel Church on Sunday afternoon, 
April 27, 1947 for the purpose of proceeding with the plans of the new church. 

The meeting was called to order by the minister, Rev. John R. Poe, who was ap- 
pointed to the Swepsonville Charge in 1946. Mr. Poe led the devotional. The hymn, 
"The Church is One Foundation" was sung and Mrs. W. J. Davis led the group in 
prayer. 

The minister brought an inspirational message on building the church within 
ourselves. 

The meeting was then turned over to Mr. C. P. Thompson, who, in the absence of 
Mr. George Bradshaw, presided over the business session. 

The minutes were read and corrected by adding Mrs. C. H. Wood to the list of 
committees. 

A discussion was held on when the new church should be started. The committee 
voted to make some start during the summer months. A suggestion was made by 
the minister to secure donations on Memorial Day. This suggestion was seconded 
and approved. 

It was decided to have the road moved immediately so a definite location could be 
selected for the new church. 

The meeting adjourned with plans to keep actively engaged in raising funds and 
to meet again when there was a need to do so. 



Respectively submitted, 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 



On Sunday afternoon, September 28, 1947, a meeting was called at Phillip's 
Chapel Church to further consider the plans for a new church building. 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman, led a discussion on where to build the church. 
Two locations were suggested, but no definite decision could be reached at this 
time, so the committee voted to leave it in the hands of the trustees and abide by 
their decision. 
The meeting was adjourned on the church lawn. 

Respectively submitted, 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 



A meeting of the trustees and all interested members of Phillip's Chapel Church 
was called by Rev. John R. Poe on Sunday afternoon, January 1 1 , 1948, to discuss 
plans and drawings for a new church. 

The meeting opened with prayer by Mr. C. P. Thompson. The minutes were read 
and approved, and a report by the treasurer was given. 

The Rev. Mr. Poe presided over the business session and led a discussion on 
what kind of church to build. 

The drawings made by Mr. Haines of Duke University were discussed, and the 
plans with the basement, but without the steeple, seemed to be most suitable for 
the needs of the church. This plan could be built for approximately twenty-five 
thousand dollars. 

Mr. George Bradshaw offered suggestions and showed sketches drawn by Mr. 
Bob Davis. Mr. Bradshaw agreed to get materials at wholesale price regardless of 
plans used. 

As the trustees were unable to reach a decision, the motion was made, second- 
ed, and carried that the trustees meet with Mr. Heenan Holt the following week and 
make some definite pains and submit them to the church the following Sunday for 
the approval by the congregation. 

It was suggested by Rev. John R. Poe and approved by the church to name the 
new church Phillip's Chapel Memorial Methodist to increase interest and secure 
donations. He also suggested that some plan be used to raise funds on Easter and 
Memorial Day, as these are the two days of the year that memorials are observed. 

The meeting was dismissed with prayer by the minister. 

Respectively submitted, 

Mr. George Bradshaw, chairman 

Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 



The trustees of Phillip's Chapel Church met at the home of J. C. Shore on Mon 
day night, November 1, 1948, at 7:30 p.m. with Mr. Poe presiding. 



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The trustees reported that Mr. Heenan Holt had contracted the brick work and 
would start it when notified. 

A report of $6,400 was given by the treasurer of money on hand and gifts that 
were available. 
It was decided to use the money for the following needs: 

wiring heating 

doors flooring 

window glass ceiling 

plaster 
Zimmerman Lumber Company was recommended for making the doors to the 
new church. 

It was voted to use Pittsburg glass for the educational building and basement and 
High Point memorial windows for the sanctuary. 
The altar section was to be placed on order immediately. 
Reports of bids on the Sun Beam heating unit were submitted by Mr. Poe. The 
bid of $1,037.50 was accepted by the trustees. 
It was also decided to let Kirkman's have the bid for wiring at $425. 
It was voted to sell the left over blocks locally or return them to the company. 
They were valued at $150. 

The trustees decided to let Albright Construction Co. have the carpenter work of 
grounding out the church, stripping and getting it ready for plastering. 
Refreshments were served and the meeting adjourned. 

Respectively submitted, 
*Mrs. J. C. Shore, secretary 
*Mr. George Bradshaw was now deceased. 



Now that World War II was over and building materials were again available the 
minister, Rev. John R. Poe, and the members of Phillips Chapel felt the time was 
right to start building the new church. 

Mr. Poe held many call meetings with his congregation and church trustees, dur- 
ing the planning and building of the new Phillips Chapel Methodist Church. 

A Groundbreaking service was held on a cold Easter Sunday Morning in the 
spring of 1948, with the minister and congregation taking part. The first shovel of 
dirt was turned by one of the church's oldest members, Mr. Charlie P. Thompson. 
A photographer, Mr. North Lynch made pictures of the service. 

The erection of a new church was to mark the completion of a long range building 
program, which began in 1935. 

Since the decision had now been made to start the building, the minister felt it 
necessary to send out a letter to inform and challenge the members of Phillips 
Chapel Methodist Church. 

A copy of this letter is included. 

May 17, 1948 
Dear Friend(s): 

We wish we had time to write each friend a personal letter. Yet, this is a personal 
letter, and we want you to accept it as such. We wish to share with you our hopes, 
plans and objectives for our church. 

The Phillips Chapel Church serves this section in a rather unique way. We main- 
tain a cemetery there and we do not sell the lots. The use, of this cemetery is not 
restricted to the members of the church and the people of the community, but is 

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Mr. George Bradshaw maintained his membership in 
Phillips Chapel Methodist Church. He was a good in- 
fluential leader, upholding and supporting the church all 
his life. 

A committee compsed of Mr George Bradshaw, Miss 
Grace Paris, and Mrs. J.C. Shore met in his home in 
November 1944 for the purpose of making definite plans 
as to whether the church should start a building program 
for a new church or repair the old one. 

Mr. Bradshaw succeeded in his idea of bringing the 
congregation together to build a new church. 

Mr. George Bradshaw was elected as chairman of The 
Phillips Chapel Methodist Church building committee 
and served until his death in January 1948. 




Easter Sunday Morning 1948 Ground breaking service tor the new 
Phillips Chapel Methodist Church L to R: 1st row: Bruce Wood. 
W.J. Davis. Mrs. Betty Wood. Mrs. Ada T. Bradshaw, J C Shore, 
Rev. John R. Poe, Mr. Charlie P. Thompson. Chairman ot building 
committee who turned the first shovel of dirt. 




Easter Sunday 1948 Sunrise Service held in Cemetery The 
Sunrise Service was first held in 1939 and was discontinued in 
1980 More people desired the 11:00 am worship service 



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made available to those who desire to place their dead in this hallowed ground. We 
are now in the process of purchasing more land, that the cemetery might be large 
enough to meet the needs of the people for a long period of time. We know this ac- 
tion will have your hearty approval. 

We wish to share with you another cherished hope which has become a reality. 
The new church building is now under construction. This beautiful, permanent 
chapel will be centrally located so far as the cemetery is concerned, and will give 
permanency to the cemetery. The building is being constructed to the Glory and 
Worship of God; to the Service of humanity, and we are adding another feature 
which we are sure will meet with your approval. We are building this church as a 
Memorial to our beloved dead. Therefore, you will note that the name has been 
changed to PHILLIPS CHAPEL MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH. 

There is still another thought we should like to share with you. We need to build 
this church quickly as we are to observe the Centennial next year. In 1849 this 
church was founded. We must not allow one hundred years of service to go 
unobserved. Yet. I know of no more appropriate way of doing this than to have the 
new church built for these observances. With this thought in mind the congregation 
and pastor have invited the Durham District Conference to meet here next year as a 
part of the observance. We are happy to announce that this invitation was gracious- 
ly accepted. 

As you can readily see our plans have placed upon us great challenges and 
responsibilities. We will accept these, and we shall not fail. On Memorial Day, Sun- 
day, May 30th, we expect to raise a minimum of $10,000.00. It will probably take 
$15,000.00 more money than we have to complete the building of this church. So, 
you can readily see how urgent and timely this day is in the life of our church. You 
will find enclosed an envelope for your convenience; and may we encourage you to 
have either a check or cash as we need the funds now. "Much from a few; more 
from some; and something from all" will help us to build this memorial chapel. 

We are fortunate in having Dr. Gilbert T. Rowe of Duke University as our memorial 
day speaker. We will read memorials to the memory of more of our beloved dead 
this year than in any preceding year. We will expect you, and may this day be 
numbered as one of the great days in the life of a great church. 



Yours, sincerely, 

John R. Poe, Pastor 

C. P. Thompson, Chmn. Board of Trustees 

Mrs. W. J. Davis, Chmn. Board of Stewards 

J. C. Shore, Supt. Church School 



The Memorial Day services held on May 30, 1948 were well attended, and the 
church graciously responded to the letter sent out by the minister. As a result of it, 
the offering for the building fund amounted to $3,765.31. 

Many of the church members gave free labor wherever their talents could be us- 
ed. Also, people who held an interest in the cemetery and community gave dona- 
tions in labor. A record of thoseiwho worked was kept and the names are as follows: 
Scott Reavis, C. N. Webster, June Aldred, James Evans, Tom Payne, C. P. Thomp- 
son, H. C. Bradshaw, 0. C. Worth, Herbert Teer, W. J. Davis, Parker Edwards, 
Wade Davis, Johnny Davis, Paul Pendergraph, Carwell Thomason, W. M. Edwards, 
Bill Wood, Ed Bradshaw, Lee Crawford, B. C. Stockard, Dewy Crawford, J. D. 
Burke, Glen Aldred, Bob Langford, Vance Rich, Lace Carr, Finley White, Robert 

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©urfjam ©istnrt 
(Conference 

cAfml 21, J949 




The last Memorial Day Service 
held in the old church. 



PHILLIPS CHAPEL HSH3RIAL METHODIST CHOBOH 
MSUOHUL B43T SERVICES 
80KDAZ MS 39,1948 



PROGRAM 

PHILLIPS CHAPEL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION 

May 30, 19I18 11: 30 A. M. 

Officers 
L. L. Ray, President 
Vf. J. Nicks, Vice President 
Mrs. Harris Wood, Secretary 
Mrs. R. R. Smith, Treasurer 

The Prelude 

Hymn # 6, "Holy, Holy, Holy" 

The President's Welcome, Mr. L. L. Ray 

Devotional, The Reverend John R. Poe 

Offering For The Building Of The New Church 

Solo, "The Holy City" Arr. by Stephon Adams 
(Mr. Fred Morrill) 

Introduction Of The Speaker, The Pastor 

Memorial Sermon, "Assurance Of Immortality" 
(Dr. Gilbert T. Rowe) 

Hymn # 196, "0 God, Our Help In Ages Past" 

The Announcements 

The Benediction 



Afternoon Program 
Hymn # 68, "Be Still My Soul" 

The Scripture Lesson 

The Prayer 

Solo, "When I Shall Come To The End Of My Way" 

(Mr. Walker Hunter) 
The Memorials 
Mrs . Roy Cates 
Mrs. Lizzie Davis 
Bobby Teer 
Tommy Teer 
Mr. Charlie Cates 
Mr . Bennie Curl 
Mr. P. M. Myrick 

Mr. Edd Marshall 
Mrs. Arthur Wilson 
Mr. George Bradshaw 
Mr. James A. Caulder 
Mrs. Jesse Webster 

The Business Session 

The Benediction 

The flowers are given by the church school in 
memory of Roy Clymoth Coiner; Eddie L. Turner and 
Mr. W. Ernest Thompson. 

Next year Phillips Chapel will observe the Centennial. 
The Memorial Service will be held in the NEW CHURCH. 
We are happy to have the building started. With the 
aid of YOUR DOLLARS it will soon be finished. We 
APPRECIATE YOUR GIFTS, and we hope vou will GIVE ALL 
YOU CAN. 

John R. Poe, Pastor 



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PffiLLIP'S CHAPEL HOST TO MEETING 




Pictured above is the new Phillip's Chapel near 
Swepsonville, host to the conference of the Durham 
District of the Methodist Church last week when 
it observed its 100th anniversary. During the con- 
ference, a special service was held in commoration 
of its centennial. 

Below are a number of the many speakers who 
took part in the program at the conference of the 
Durham District held at the Chapel. The speakers 



are, left to right. Rev. B. D. Critcher, pastor ol 
the Asbury Methodist Church in Durham, Rev. O. 
L. Hathaway, pastor of the Graham Methodist 
Church; Walter F. Anderson, director of the State 
Bureau of Investigation; Rev. C. G. MeCarver. past- 
or of the Duke Chapel; Dr. E. L. Hillman, district 
superintendent: and Rev. John R. Poe, pastor oi 
Phillip's Chapel. 




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Durham District Methodist Meeting 
At Phillip's Chapel Well Attended ' 



Centennial Of 
Church Observed 
As Part Of Program 

Swepsonville, April 22 — High- 
lighting the all-day conference of 
the Durham District of the Metho- 
dist Church held in Phillip's 
Chapel near here yesterday at- 
tended by some 500 people, were a 
service held in observance of the 
100th anniversary of the chapel 
and the conference sermon deliv- 
ered by Dr. Harold A. Bosley, dean 
of the Duke University Divinity 
School. The conference was pre- 
sided over by Dr. E. L. Hillman 
of Durham, district superintend- 
ent. 

The historical address of the 
centennial service was presented 
by Dr. B. G. Childs of Duke Uni- 
versity, district lay leader. In this 
address, Dr. Childs tied in the his- 
tory of Phillip's Chapel with the 
history and development of the 
Methodist denomination in this 
area. ar>d told of the progress 
that has been made by each dur- 
ing the past 100 years. 

At the conclusion of the address, 
two memorials were unveiled and 
presented to the chapel in mem- 
ory of two ministers who had con- 
tributed much to its progress. The 
communion service was presented 
in memory of the late Rev. S. F. 
Nicks and an altar service was 
presented in memory of the late 
Rev. Michael Bradshaw. The 
widows of the ministers took part 
in the service, accompanied by 
tiieir sons, Rev. R. W. Bradshaw. 
pastor of the First Methodist 
Cnurcb of Wilson, and Rev. R. N. 
Nicks, pastor of the Burlington 
circuit. 

In the conference sermon on 
"An Outline of Faith for These 
Times," Dr. Bosley gave a picture 
of the ills with which the world 
is afflicted today, and told of the 
course all Christians should fol- 
low to do the most good. 

"It is easy to exaggerate the 
Uniqueness of these days." Dr. Bos- 
ley declared, "and to blame much 
of the sin on the unsettled condi- 
tion of the times. The church is 
on the brink of a difficult period, 
as it is trying to preach the Chris- 
tian doctrine to an age drunk with 
power. People think if they are 
strong they will be good, and this 
is one of the greatest sins present 
in the world today." 



I Religion does not reach its pin- the Duke Divinity School Quartet 



nacle in times of prosperity but in 
times of stress, he said, and there 
is still hope that out of the dark- 
ness of these days a new light may 
break forth. 

Sins of People 
"The sin that people of today 
are most guilty of is that of self- 
righteousness and complacency,' 



with Miss Betty Swofford of the 
University accompanying on the 
piano. 

Reports on the Missions of the 
church followed. Mrs . Edd C. 
Thomas, promotion- secretary, re- 
ported on the Woman's Society for 
Christian Service; Rev. O. L. Hath- 
away, pastor of the Graham church. 



the speaker continued. "People , reported on The Advance Spe i 

have the idea that religious prob- 1 cials; Rev- w L Qegg pastor of 

I the. Front Street Church of Bur- 



lems are the affairs of God, 
their w 7 orst fault is their willing- 



lington, reported on the progress 



ness to let someone else do the |o£ the ' Advance to date; and Mrs' 

work of solving these problems for 

them. 

"We are ministers of a God 



we did not make, but of a God 
that made us, a God who asked 
that we be willing to lose our 
lives in proclaiming the Gospel," 
he said. 

In conclusion, Dr. Bosley stated 
that it is the duty of a Christian 
to take the gospel where men are I Durham 
separated through strife, and bv I 
doing, so enable them to find hope, \ The opening session was brought 
trutn and peace. t0 a close at * P- m - wlth the con - 

The morning session of , the eon-!* erence sermon delivered by Dr. 
ference opened at 9 o'clock with | Bosley - 

a devotional service conducted bv The afternoon session got un- 
Professor J. M. Ormond of Duke ' derway at 2 o'clock with a devo- 



E. L. Hillman of Durham spoke 
on "For Christ and His Church." 

Dr. Childs then presented the 
lay leaders of the district, and a 
report on lay activities was pre- 
sented by Rev. L. Stacy Weaver, 
assistant lay leader of the district. 

A report followed on Evangel- 
ism presented by Rev. B. D. Critch- 
er, pastor of the Asbury Church in 



University. 



tional service conducted by Rev 



The organization of the confer- £. G. McCarver, pastor of the Duke 
ence, roll call, and the appoint- 1 Chapel, 
ment of committees followed. 

A welcome was extended to all 



delegates at 9:30 o'clock by Rev. 
John R. Poe, pastor of the host 
church, and the response was made 
by Rev. R. Z. Newton, pastor of 
the Mt. Hermon charge. 

Reports by the pastors of the 
district followed, and a summary 
of reports was presented by Rev 



The highlight of the afternoon 
session was a lecture on temper- 
ance by Walter F. Anderson, di- 
rector of the State Bureau of In- 
vestigation in Raleigh. 

Anderson stated that almost all 
sin present in the world today can 
be traced back to alcohol, and that 
the greatest fault of people of 



E. C. Crawford, pastor of the Bran- j ^ese times is to regard ^the^ use 
son Memorial Church of Durham. 



The observance of the chapel's 
centennial began at 9:55 o'clock 
with a Scripture reading by Rev 



of alcohol as a disease rather than 
a sin. 

The liquor problem can bf 
solved only with the abolishmer: 



R. L. Nicks, followed by a prayer of state-owned liquor stores, the 



by Rev. R. W. Bradshaw. The 
historical address by Dr. Childs 
and the presentation of the altar 
and communion services conclud- 
ed the ceremony. 

Reports 
Next came a report on Christian 
Education made by Rev. J. G. Phil- 
lips, director of religious educa- 
tion for the North Carolina con- 
ference, followed by reports on 
oung people's work, adult work 



peaker declared, and this 
be done only when the churches of 
the state make up their minds to 
have the state dry and all work 
together toward this goal. 

Reports were presented on the 
special causes of the district as fol- 
lows: the Methodist Orphanage of 
Raleigh, by Rev. L. C. Larkin. 
superintendent; the Durham Meth- 
odist Society by Rev. M. C. Dunn, 
pastor of the Carr Methodist 



Camp DonLee, and the North Car- church of Durham; and Hospitals 
olina Christian Advocate made by and Homes by M. G. Mann of Ra- 
the directors of these projects. jeigh. 
Two numbers were rendered by A report on the Courtesy Com- 



mittee was presented by Re* 
Brown, pastoi of the Duk 
morial church; a report on t 
trict Board of Trustees by 
C. Durham, of Durham, on 
nual conference recommer 
by Rev. S. J. Starnes. paste 
Davis Street Church of 
ton. 

At the conclusion of the 
all local ministers were rei 
and licenses were issued to 
ber of new ministers. 

The conference was adjc 
after it was decided that tht 
trict conference in 1950 woul 
held at th_ Camp Springs M 
dist Church in the Burlingto 
cuit. 



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Cates, Bruce Wood, Maurice Teer, Sabert Davis, T. R. Crawford, Cal Snipes, Jess 
Webster, J. R. Shore, Mac Roney, Coss Crawford, Curry Paris, John Quails, J. C. 
Shore. 

A total of 1 ,271 hours of free labor was given. Four men who were responsible for 
donating 675 hours were: Lee Crawford, John Quails, J. C. Shore, B. C. Stockard. 
Since the church pews had not been in use many years and to preserve 
something of the old church, it was decided by the congregation to have Alamance 
Lumber Co. saw out some lumber to match the old pews. The new church was to 
consist of one middle aisle with pews of the same length on either side. The old 
church had consisted of two aisles with long pews in the middle and short pews on 
either side. The ends of the short pews were used in making new ones, which was 
a sufficient amount to make enough long pews to fill the new church. 

The making of these pews and staining them was done by church members. The 
finish work of the altar section and pulpit was done by Mr. Eddie Bradshaw, Mr. 
Curry Paris, and Mr. B. C. Stockard. The Baptismal Font was stained by Mr. J. C. 
Shore. All the staining of the altar section and wood work throughout the church 
was done by members. 

Phillips Chapel was being challenged by two coming events, the observance of 
the Centennial and being host to the Durham District Conference. Therefore, it was 
urgent that the new church be ready by April, 1949. This challenge was met even 
earlier than expected because of the many donations of free labor mentioned earlier. 
Phillips Chapel held its first service in the new church on Sunday, February 6, 
1949. The first hymns sang were "0 Worship the King" and "0 Master Let Me 
Walk With Thee". This first service was well attended even though it was a bitter 
cold day. The Rev. Mr. Poe preached on the subject of building a spiritual church. 
The bulletin carried a special message from the minister. 
Yesterday we moved our pews from the old building at Phillips Chapel into 
a beautiful, new sanctuary. For 100 years the old building has seen the young 
grow old, and generations come and go. Now the old building itself has be- 
come the victim of progress and growth. No doubt many will be reluctant 
to see the old building vanish from the scene. But so goes the world and civil- 
ization, and that which cannot change, must necessarily become outmoded. 
While the new building is not yet complete, another 30 days of touching up 
here and there will make this model church one of the most beautiful in rural 
Methodism. Congratulations are in order for a congregation that would not be 
denied. 

At the close of the service the minister extended an invitation to any who would 
like to come on profession of faith or transfer of letter. Mr. and Mrs. Louie Williams 
joined that Sunday and became the first members of the new church. 

The first funeral held in the new church was for Mrs. Dallie Haithcock's hus- 
band, whose parents held close ties at Phillips Chapel. 

The first wedding was for Miss Mary Elizabeth Edwards who held her member- 
ship there and was president of The Methodist Youth Fellowship. 

The first baby christmed was Jo Ann Shore, daughter of J. C. And Mattie D. 
Shore. 

Even though the congregation was worshipping in the new building, there were 
still some touching up jobs to be done. Finally it was finished and ready for the 
Durham District Conference to meet on April 21 , 1949 at 9 a.m. A newspaper clip- 
ping follows of the day's events. 

The next big event to take place in the life of this new church was the Dedication 
service. Just prior to this, however, was the laying of the cornerstone. This event 

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took place on Saturday afternoon and was witnessed by the pastor and three 
church members who happened to be there cleaning the church. Those present 
were Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Davis and Mrs. J. C. Shore. The Christian Advocate 
which carried the story ot the new church and list of figures from the adding 
machine on the cost of the building was placed behind the cornerstone, and some 
newspaper articles were also included. 

July 1 , 1949 the Burlington Daily News carried the story of the planned service to 
take place on Sunday, July 3, 1949. A copy of the newspaper clipping follows. 



On Sunday, July 3, 1949, the day of dedication, Phillips Chapel had the 10 

o'clock service and Salem the 1 1 o'clock service. Excerpts from the church bulletin 

of the day follow. 

We come today to the climax of our centennial observances. We have work- 
ed hard to build a sanctuary and prepare it for dedication during the centen- 
nial. It is indeed fitting that our beloved Bishop W. W. Peele should come to 
be with us on this occasion. Let us plan to make it a great day. 

The ushers (four) should plan to be at the church at an early hour. Please 
see that our guests are seated and bulletins provided. We suggest that the 
young people wearing their capes and bows occupy the choir section. The 
loud speaker will be set up to accomodate an overflow crowd. We want to 
leave room at thefront of the auditorium for our visiting ministers and friends. 
Let us plan to make this day the greatest day our church has known by being 
present, on time, in a spirit of appreciation for all the blessings which have 
come to us. 

A cordial invitation is extended to the members of Salem Church to meet at 
Phillips Chapel this afternoon for the dedication service. We are indeed for- 
tunate to have our Bishop Peele with us, and we want you to be present for 
the occasion. 
The dedication service was held at 3 p.m. The church was filled by members, 

ministers, and friends of Phillips Chapel. Dr. E. L. Hillman gave the invocation. Mr. 

William Kirkpatrick sang "The Holy City." The sermon by Bishop W. W. Peele was 

on the subject of building a spiritual church. 
The act of dedication was done by ministers, trustees and congregation. A list of 

memorials and dedications follows. 



MEMORIAL WINDOWS 

In Memory of Presented By 

Luzetta Perry Bradshaw — "Bethlehem" The Children 

George W. Bradshaw — "Jesus" 
Annie B. Wilson 

G. W. McThompson — "Lamb" 

Lydia Thompson — "Cross & Crown" The Children 

Wistar H. Wood — "Dove" 

Bettie Love Wood — ' ' Light' ' The Children 

Lawrence E. Turner — "Lillies" 

Mary E. Turner— "Light of World" The Children 

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PHILLIPS CHAPEL DEDICATION 
SLATED FOR SUNDAY, JULY 3 

Lovely Phillips Chapel Memorial Church 
on the Swepsonville charge will be dedi- 
cated Sunday afternoon, July 3, with Bish- 
op W. W. Peele of Richmond bringing the 
message and conducting the dedicatory 
rites. Rev. John R. Poe, pastor, will preside 
at the impressive service, and other visit- 
ing clergymen, including Dr. E. L. Hill- 
man, superintendent of the Durham Dis- 
trict, will take part. 

The service Sunday will climax a series 
of services in connection with the centen- 
nial celebration of the church. The first 
centennial service was held on April 21, 
W'hen the church was host to the Durham 
District Conference. Dr. B. G. Childs of 
Durham brought the historical address for 
the occasion. At that time the family of 
the late Dr. Michael Bradshaw presented 
a memorial altar set and the family of 
the late Rev. S. F. Nicks presented a me- 
morial communion service. On Sunday, 
May 29 a second centennial service was 
held, sponsored by the Phillips Chapel 
Memorial Association, with Dr. H. E. 
Myers of Durham, bringing the memorial 
message. Founded 100 years ago, the same 
year Alamance County was begun, the 
church has joined Alamance County in 
centennial celebrations. 

Located in the southern part of the 
county between Swepsonville and Saxa- 
pahaw, the new brick structure replaces 
the original church which was built of 
hewn oak framing and hand hewn origin- 
al ceiling, both of which were in good con- 
dition when the old church was torn down 
early this year. Not much is known about 
the early history of the church. However, 
it got its name from a circuit rider who 
came to the community and established 
the church. 

Not long after the church was built, 
young Mike Br adsaw beg an attending the 



services. J_,ater he felt the call to preach 
and became one of the outstanding minis- 
ters of the North Carolina Conference. His 
son. Rev. R. W. Bradshaw, has followed 
his father into the ministry, and is a prom- 
inent member of the North Carolina Con- 
ference. Rev. S. F. Nicks also grew up in 
Phillips Chapel Church, and joined the 
North Carolina Conference. He became 
known as one of the outstanding builders 
of rural churches in the Conference during 
a long, fruitful ministry. His son, Rev. R. 
L. Nicks, is a young minister in the Con- 
ference. Rev. Lacy Thompson, now a suc- 
cessful minister in Iowa, is also a product 
of Phillips Chapel Church. And Rev. Alson 
Davis, the last of the young men of Phil- 
lips Chapel to enter the ministry, is begin- 
ning a promising career in the South Car- 
olina Conference. 

The movement to erect a new church 
began several years ago. During the pas- 
torate of Rev. I. T. Poole the building fund 
was started. The program was continued 
under Rev. D. A. Petty. In 1946 Rev. J. R. 
Poe was sent to the Swepsonville charge, 
and within a year work on the building 
program continued. Finally, actual con- 
struction was begun and the work was 
rushed to completion to take care of the 
District Conference this spring. 

Built at the cost of about $40,000, the 
church is of the English Chapel design. 
It has several Sunday School rooms and is 
complete with recreational and social facil- 
ities. The Duke Endowment and the Con- 
ference Board of Missions and Church Ex- 
tension aided in the project. H. N. Haines 

of Durham was the architect. 

Membership in the church stands at 
about 150. 

Revival service, which began on June 
26, with Rev. S. J. Starnes of Burlington 
assisting the pastor, will close with the 
dedication program Sunday. 



piiiltps Cljapri iflrmnrial M rfljoNst Cfjutrlj 



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Sunday. July 3, 1949 

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Dr. EL. Hillman 
District Superintendent 



William P. Thompson 

Sallie Low Thompson — "Jesus" 

Kern Lee Thompson — "Holy Bible" The Children 

Charles P. Thompson 

E. Craven Davis — "Three Crosses" The Children 

Lizzie J. Davis — "Cup of Plenty" & Grandchildren 

Albert L. Bradshaw — "The Law" 

Naomi C. Bradshaw — "Trumpets" The Children 

J. Pope Bradshaw — "The Harvest" 

Lillian E. Bradshaw — "The Cross" The Children 

John R. Teer 

Lola Nicks Teer - "A & 0" The Children 

Robert Allen Fitch 

Nannie Minor Fitch — "I H S" The Children 

MEMORIALS 

Nello Teer 

William and Margaret Teer — "The Church Altar" Mrs. Pickett 

Hubert 0. Teer 

Dr. Michael Bradshaw — "The Altar Set" His Sons 

Rev. S. F. Nicks — "Communion Set" Durham District 

Mattie Thompson — "Lighting Effects" Congregation 

J. D. & Iva Mae Rozzelle - "Pulpit Bible" Mattie B. Rozzelle 

DEDICATION 

Rev. John R. Pope — "The Centennial Transom" Congregation 

Rev. I. T. Poole — "Kneeling Pad" Congregation 

Mrs. J. Lee Davis — "Offering Plates" Her Sisters 

Mrs. Ivey T. Poole — "Choir Chairs" Ladies Class 

C. L. Bradshaw — "Literature Table" 



THE ALTAR FLOWERS ARE GIVEN IN MEMORY OF 

GEORGE W. BRADSHAW 

BY 

MRS. GEO. W. BRADSHAW - MISS LOIS BRADSHAW 

MRS. WALKER D. GUTHRIE 

THE BULLETINS ARE A COURTESY OF RICH & THOMPSON SERVICE 



The oil painting of "Christ Knocking at the Door" was done by Mrs. Carl 
(Margaret) Thompson and placed behind the pulpit in the old church about 1930. 
The painting was re-touched by Mrs. Narvie W. Morrow and moved to the new 
church. 

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Old Landmarks 



The WILLIAM P. THOMPSON HOUSE built in the 1800's and located in the 
Phillips Chapel community just off Highway 54. 

Besides being a farmer and carpenter, Mr. Thompson ran a blacksmith shop 
where he repaired and shaped iron into farming tools. 

Something else of special interest at the Thompson home was a large pit which 
had been dug out for the purpose of storihg ice. A roof at ground level was built 
over the pit. Apparently it was the only such structure within the community. 

When a pond near the home froze over during the winter, the family would haul 
enough ice to fill the pit then cover it over with several layers of straw. This method 
protected the ice from melting. It was used mostly for making homemade ice cream 
during the summer months. 

The W. P. Thompson family was a loyal one to Phillips Chapel Methodist 
Episcopal Church South. In this home the Circuit Rider found a warm welcome and 
was often a guest of the Thompson family. 

The children of this home have made a good contribution to the church, one of 
which was Mr. Charlie P. Thompson, who was a life long member of Phillips 
Chapel Methodist Church and contributed much to its progress. 

It was in this home where several of the Phillips Chapel school teachers boarded, 
namely: Miss Dora Jones, Mrs. Mamie Ray, Mrs. Lizzie Thompson Kearns, Mrs. 
Lizzie Bell Foust, Mrs. Lula Amick. 

DR. MICHAEL BRADSHAW HOME 

This house was the home of Dr. Michael Bradshaw, and the same house and farm 
which his father, William S. Bradshaw, exchanged with Charles and Nancy Davis in 
1872. The house is estimated to be about two hundred years old and was of log 
structure. Some years later it was weatherboarded. The large square post on the 
porch are the same design as the original ones. 

Both the Bradshaw and Davis families were farming people and devoted members 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. 

These two families, also, produced a minister, Dr. Michael Bradshaw, and Rev. 
George Alson Davis, who was a great-grandson of Charles and Nancy Davis and 
the son of George and Mamie R. Davis. 

Both ministers were a product of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church. 

This exchanging of farms, also, accounts for so many Davis' still worshiping at 
Phillips Chapel today. 

More history of the Bradshaw family is included in the write up on Dr. Michael 
Bradshaw, the first minister to go out from Phillips Chapel Methodist Church. 

WILSON MILL 

The Wilson Mill was located just off Highway 54 on Haw Creek about one mile 
west of Phillips Chapel Methodist Church. It included a rock dam, race and a grist 
mill. We do not have the date when the mill was built. 

Mr. George Crawford, who was born in 1824 and buried in the Phillips Chapel 
cemetery, helped Mr. Wilson with the construction work and operated the mill for a 
number of years. The grinding stones were powered by an overshot waterwheel. 

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Old Landmarks in the Phillips Chapel Community 



Home ol the Turner family who sold the land to 
Phillips Chapel to build the first church. 
Pictured to the left is Rebecca Turner. To the ex- 
treme left, you can see the top of another house ot 
this same design which the family used to cook and 
eat in. This picture show the house used for their 
living quarters and for sleeping. The open fireplace 
was used for heating 



The Turner Family in "tree" Form 
James Turner (1758-1856) and Rebecca Clendenin Turner 

I ' ' ' ' I 

Joseph Turner and Nancy Wright Charles Turner 




Joseph Milton Turner and Roella Davis 



Lillie Roella Turner and James L. Hales 



This information was furnished by Mrs. Lille Turner 
Hales a great grandaughter of James and Rebecca 
Clendenin Turner 





Home of Dr Michael Bradshaw Later the home ot 
Charles and Nancy Davis. Now the home of Coy and 
Ruby Davis 



Mr William Paisley Thompson designed and super- 
vised the remodenng of the first church about 
1902 




The Old Home of William P Thompson 



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We%c* 




This house was the home of Miss Melvina Thompson who contributed by 
word of mouth to Mrs. Ola Snipes Crawford some of the early history of 
Phillips Chapel Methodist Church. It is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mack 
Spence. 




Miss Melvina Thompson 





Mrs Lizzie Johnston Davis 



Homeplace of Mr. and Mrs. E. Craven Davis Mrs. Craven Davis contributed 
to the history of Phillips Chapel Church, especially during the period from 
1890 through 1920. Mrs Annie Minor Ray, was the second teacher of The 
Shady Grove School and boarded in this home. A veteran of The Civil War, 
Joseph C. Davis, lived out his last years in this home, after old age forced 
him to discontinue living alone. Joseph was a brother of Craven Davis. It is 
now the home of Carson Davis. The house was originally a two-story struc- 
ture built in the 1800's and is approx. 100 years old. A few years later, 
another room was added to the back and used for a kitchen. The two 
buildings were connected by a breezeway. 



This house was originally 
the home of William L and 
Elizabeth (Davis) Bradshaw 
and was of log structure. 
Elizabeth was the daughter of 
Charles and Nancy Davis. This 
house is typical of the early 
homes in the community. They 
were usually two rooms with a 
large fireplace. The family 
would build more as they were 
able to do so. 




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Mr. Sam Crawford, a brother of Mr. George Crawford, is credited with the 
building of the rock dam. 

The Wilson mill was later sold to Mr. E. M. Cook, Mr. Dennis Williams and Mr. 
Charlie Pendergraph of Swepsonville and came to be known as Haw Creek Milling 
Company. The owners were paid a toll for their services. Apparently, Mr. 
Pendergraph bought out the other two as it was later called the Charlie 
Pendergraph Mill. Mr. Pendergraph soon added the cotton gin which he himself bu- 
ilt' and operated with the help of others who worked for him at different times. 
Some of those people were: Mr. Cull Thompson, Mr. Bob Worth, Mr. Tuck Con- 
klin and Mr. Lonnie Payne. 

The mill ceased to operate about six months before the death of Mr. Pendergraph 
in 1940. 

The property was sold to Dr. J. L. Johnson of Graham and was used as a club 
house for the Boy Scouts. 

The property was again sold and became the Alamance Worm Ranch. 

This information was submitted by Mr. Jess Crawford, a grandson of Mr. George 
Crawford. 



SUNDAY SCHOOL WORK 



Sunday School Superintendents 1890-1981 

We are sorry that we do not have the correct date when each one served. 

1 . Mr. Webster. We are unable to get his first name. He lived in the Hawfields Corn- 
Community and came to Phillips Chapel by horse and buggy. 

2. Mr. Graham Thompson. He was crippled from a stroke and was a cousin of Mr. 
June and Miss Mattie Thompson. He was brought to church by them in a 
buggy. 

3. Mrs. Luzette P. Bradshaw 

4. Mr. June Thompson 

5. Mr. McCulloch (Cull) Thompson 

6. Mr. George Craven Davis 

7. Mr. C. Harris Wood 

8. Mr. Joe Cephus Shore 

9. Mr. Parker Edwards 

10. Mrs. Betty R. Sawyer 

11. Mr. Ross Thompson (Died before time to take office.) 

12. Mr. Hermon Tate 

13. Mr. Dwight Burke 

14. Mr. Mack Roney 

15. Mr. Sabert Davis 

16. Mr. Roger Thompson 

17. Mr. Ed Thompson 

18. Mr. J. Dale Cook 

19. Mr. Jerry Ray 

20. Mr. Ray Sawyer 

21. Mr. Doug Sawyer 

22. Mr. Jean Coble 

23. Mrs. Berta D. Cook 

24. Mr. Danny Scott 

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Available Pictures of Sunday School Superintendents 






Mrs Louzetta Bradshaw and husband John 
M. Bradshaw Mrs Bradshaw was Sunday 
School Superintendent 1900-1915 _„, 



Mr June P. Thompson, Sunday School Superintendent 
1915-1932 




George C Davis, Sunday School Superinten- 
dent 1935-1940 





J.C. Shore, Sunday School Superintendent 
1945-1952 



Mr James Dwight Burke set up the Perpetual 
Care Fund for Phillips Chapel Memorial 
Association 



SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS 1890-1981 



J. Pope Brads haw 

Louzetta Bradshaw 

Lizzie Thompson 

Mattie Thompson 

June Thompson 

Josephine Wood 

Ollie Turner 

Grace Paris 

Mamie Davis 

Josie Davis 

Ola Snipes 

Walter Bradshaw 

Betty Wood 

McCulloh (Cull) Thompson 

Vyvian Franklin 

Becky Smith 

Berta Cook 

Don Smith 

Kim McVey 

Moonyeen Williams 

Mattie Shore 



Zanie Davis 
Narvie W. Morrow 
Annie Mae Roney 
Elizabeth Davis 
J. C. Shore 
Parker Edwards 
Eunice Bradshaw 
Thelma Rogers 
Betty Sawyer 
Lois Teer 
Cynthia Turner 
Myrtle Thompson 
Jean Thompson 
Jewel T Harrelson 
Mozelle Burke 
Tip Bardwell 
Mabel Garrett 
Betty McVey 
Terry Davis 
Bonnie Davis 



Livvie Wood 
Yvonne Davis 
Mrs. John Ireland 
Dwight Burke 
Alice Kay Thompson 
Jewel Ray 
Sidney Clapp 
Gail Clapp 
Sarah C. Morrow 
Lacy James 
Ray Sawyer 
Jean Coble 
Patsy Sawyer 
Jo Ann Auman 
Dale Cook 
Wanda Simmons 
Lacy Scott 
Danny Scott 
Norman McVey 
Cindy Phillips 



200 Years of The Sunday School Celebrated 

We observed the Bicentennial ot the Sunday School on Sunday, April 13, 1980. 
Mrs. Berta Cook, the Sunday School superintendent was in charge of the program. 
She explained Robert Raikes' purpose in starting Sunday School and how the 
church has been blessed by the good work done through Sunday School. 

A cake made in the shape of a church with lighted candles centered the alter. 
Mrs. Cook explained the purpose of the Bicentennial Cake and Candles. "The 
candles must be lit to give light. The light is needed to dispell darkness, ignorance, 
and sin." 

Mrs. Becky Smith was in charge of the music. The children marched in carrying 
a cross and singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "We Have A Story To Tell To 
The Nations." Two of the Kindergarten children sang about obedience being the 
best way to show you believe. Another group of children sang "Jesus Loves Me" 
and "This Little Light Of Mine." 

Mrs. Cook read a poem entitled "Molding Lives Of Young Children." 

The Junior Class presented a reading on how Sunday School helps to discover 
God, ourselves, and others. A prayer was led by Rev. J. C. Shore. The entire Sun- 
day School joined in the singing of the hymn "How Great Thou Art." A skit was 
presented "Let's Join The Great Parade" by the following people: Jerry Auman, 
Don Smith, Jean Coble and Becky Smith. The entire Sunday School hour was spent 
in celebrating the two hundred years of the Sunday School. 

Robert Raikes' idea for starting a Sunday School is more fully explained in the 
June-August Adult Bible Studies 1980 by Dr. Edward G. Watts. 

The Sunday School began when a British Newspaper publisher by the 
name of Robert Raikes became concerned about the rowdy gangs of 
children that roamed the streets of Gloucester on Sundays, the one day they 
weren't working in the factories. He rented rooms in an old house near the 

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Picture taken on Sunday morning on the steps ot the old 
church 1943. Left to right: 1st Row Rev Ivey T Poole. 
Beulah Davis. Hattie Davis, Jessie Wood, Mable Davis, Melba 
Wood. Berta Davis. 2nd Row: J.C Shore. George C. Davis. 
Homer Davis. Clarence Davis. Harris Wood. Mrs Lizzie J 
Davis, Mrs IT Poole, 3rd row: Willie J Davis, Mattie D. 
Shore. Narvie W Wood 



L to R Albert Luther Bradshaw. Trustee 
of Phillips Chapel Methodist Church. And 
his brother Thomas Bradshaw. 





L to R Mr. June P. Thompson, Miss 
Mattie Thompson, Mrs. Lizzie Kearns. 
Mr. Charles Kearns 



Sunday School Class 1943. First row: L to R. Ruth Poe, Bar- 
bara Thompson, Second row: L to R. Melba Wood. Bobby 
Webster. Hilda Teer. 





1925 Jr. High Teacher: Miss Mattie Thompson. L to R. 1st 
row: Annie Curl. Mae Turner, Carrie Cates, Mattie Davis 
Ester Davis, 2nd row. Norman Thompson, Eddie Turner (Kill- 
ed in action, W.W, II ), Miss Mattie Thompson, Agnes Davis. 
Alice Davis 



Adult Bible Class 1942 Teacher Mrs Narvie W. Wood: L to R. 1st row: Ruth 
Edwards, Mattie Shore, Narvie Wood, 2nd row: Betty Lou Sawyer, Livvie 
Wood, Bill Wood, Harris Wood, 3rd row: Roy Wood. Leroy Davis, Ray 
Sawyer, Roy Clymoth Comer (Killed in action WW. II, 1945), J,C. Shore. 



Miss Mattie Thompson, Lona Cates 
Wood, 1925. 



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1953 Young Adult Bible Class - Betty Sawyer. Teacher Herman 
Tate, Melba Tate. Rev. W.A Seawell. Dale Cook, Berta Cook. Jean 
Coble, Beulah Coble, Tony Hill, Barbara Hill, Jewel Griggs, Richard 
White. Mane White, Mack Roney, Joy Bell Roney, Betty Sawyer, 
Brenda Sawyer. 





Rev. J. A. Tharpe 
1933-1937 



Sunday Class Picnic, 1938. L to R. Elizabeth Davis, Sallie 
Shore, Rezzie Smith. 



Mrs. Narvie Wood Sunday School Class Picnic 
at the home of Rev J A. Tharpe, 1938 




cathedral and hired four women to gather as many children as they could 
for instruction on Sunday in reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion. 

At this time, no free or reasonably priced public schools cared for these 
children of the British working classes. The children responded so eagerly 
that the idea quickly spread to other cities. By 1810 nearly three thousand 
schools had sprang up in the British Isles with an enrollment of about 
275,000 children. 

John Wesley supported this movement, although other clergymen attack- 
ed it. In 1784 he wrote in his journal, "Before service I stepped into the 
Sunday School which contains two hundred and forty children ... I find 
these schools springing up wherever I go . . . who knows but some of these 
schools may become nurseries for christians?" 

Before long, pastors and lay persons in America were adopting Sunday 
Schools to meet this country's special needs and opportunities. New 
England communities already maintained common schools for their 
children, but no school and few churches existed beyond the Appalachian 
Mountains. 

Concerned persons therefore formed local Sunday school societies or 
unions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia. By 1824 these local societies 
had given way to the American Sunday School Union which launched a 
campaign to establish Sunday schools in pioneer communities west of the 
mountains. In hundreds of towns and villages, these schools founded by 
lay missionaries grew into full churches. 

By about 1860 when free public schools were available in most areas, the 
Sunday school began to fulfill a different function. Various protestant 
denominations adopted it as the primary means of religious instruction and 
Bible study for children and youth. A little later, adult Bible study also 
became an important ministry of the church. 



CHURCH OFFICERS AND PERSONNEL 
ORGANIST AND PIANIST 

1. Miss Mattie Thompson. She gave a life time of service in the music department 
and played the old pedal organ. Because of her experience in teaching, she 
was able to render invaluable service to the church. 

Prayer meeting was usually held on Wednesday evenings after which Miss 
Mattie would practice with the choir. 

2. Mrs. Lettie A. Bradshaw 

3. Miss Alene Wood 

4. Mrs. Parker Edwards 

5. Miss Alice Kay Davis Thompson 

6. Mrs. Woodrow Thompson 

7. Mrs. Betty McVey 

8. Mrs. Becky Smith 

9. Mrs. Kay Farrell 

Others who have assisted in the music department are as follows: 
Mrs. Ruby Flood 
Miss. Grace Paris 
Mrs. Betty Wood 
Mrs. Kay Evans 
Mrs. Edna Patterson 

Ministers wives who have assisted when needed were: 

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Communion Stewards 
(Now Called Altar Guild) 



Mrs. Louzetta P. Bradshaw 
Miss Mattie Thompson 
Mrs. Betty Love Wood 



Miss Grace Paris 
Mrs. Livvie B. Wood 
Mrs. Mozelle V. Burke 
Mrs. Willie C. Davis 





Mrs. Livvie B Wood 
Altar Guild 



Mrs Mozelle V. Burke 
Altar Guild 





Miss Grace Paris 
Communion Steward 



Communion Steward 
Mrs. Betty Love Wood 



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Mrs. T. B. (Mary) Hough 
Mrs. I.T. (Louise) Poole 
Mrs. R. Z. (Maude) Newton 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS AND PERSONNEL 

MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL 

PHILLIPS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

1981 

Lay Leader Jean Coble 

Lay Member of Annual Conference Jewel Ray 

Alternate Member Cynthia Turner 

Chairperson of Administrative Council Jack Phillips 

Coordinator of Age-Level & Family Ministries Betty Lou Sawyer 

Work Area Chairperson on Outreach Jerry Ray 

Work Area Chairperson on Nurture & Membership Care Berta Cook 

Recording Secretary Jo Ann Auman 

Assistant Chairperson of Administrative Council Betty Lou Sawyer 

Chairperson of Pastor Parish Relations Committee Ray Gossage 

Chairperson of Finance Committee Jerry Auman 

Chairperson Broad of Trustees Lem Edwards 

Superintendent of the Church School Danny Scott 

Assistant Superintendent of the Church School Frank Digweed 

Chairperson of Parsonage Committee Jo Ann Auman 

Members At Large of the Administrative Council: 

John Davis, Terry Davis, Lacy James, Mozelle Burke, Don Smith, William 
Wood, Diann Edwards, Cindy Phillips, Mattie Shore, Jack Shore, Francis 
Bardwell, Joy Bell Roney, Mike Davis, Doug Sawyer, Mabel Garrett, Wade 
Davis, Lacy Scott, Jeff Scott, Dianne Davis, Betty McVey, Ruby Phillips, Jess 
Crawford, Elaine Williamson, Moonyeen Williams 

Secretary of Church School Don Smith 

Assistant Secretary Cynthia Turner 

Church Treasurer Bonnie Davis 



COMMITTEES AMENABLE TO ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL 

1. Committee on Finance: Chairperson, Jerry Auman; Jack Phillips, (Chp. 
Ad.C); Jewel Ray, (LMAC); Lem Edwards, (Chp. Tr.); Jean Coble, (LL); 
Dale Cook, (FS); Jerry Ray, (WACO); Berta Cook, (WACNM); Betty Lou 
Sawyer, (CALFM); Bonnie Davis, (Treas.) 

2. Trustees: Lem Edwards, Chairperson 

Class of 1981 Class of 1982 Class of 1983 

S. T. Davis Lem Edwards Mack Spence 

Francis Bardwell Doug Sawyer Wanda Simmons 

Jack Phillips Jo Ann Auman Lacy James 

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3 Pastor-Parish Relations: Ray Gossage, Chairperson Jewel Ray (LMAC) 

Class of 1981 Class of 1982 Class of 1983 

Mack Spence William Wood Ray Gossage 

Jewel Ray Lacy Scott Ruby Phillips 

Jean Coble Willie Davis Lem Edwards 



4. Committee on Nominations & Personnel 

Class of 1981 Class of 1982 Class of 1983 

Danny Scott Jerry Ray Lacy Scott 

Jean Coble Bonnie Davis Ray Gossage 

Berta Cook Becky Smith Betty Lou Sawyer 

5. Ushers 



Sr. Head Usher - Dale Cook 




Jr. 


William Wood 


Lacy James 


Jeft Davis 


Doug Sawyer 


Terry Davis 


Jeft Scott 



6. Parsonage Committee: Jo Ann Auman, Chairperson 

Wade Davis Dale Cook Yvonne Davis 

Doug Sawyer Patsy Sawyer 



7. Altar Guild: Livvie Wood, Willie Davis, Mozelle Burke 

8. Music Committee: Becky Smith, Kay Farrell, Lacy Scott 



YOUNG PEOPLES WORK 
Children's Day 

Each year, usually one Sunday in June was designated as Children's Day. Miss 
Mattie Thompson tor many years was in charge of this program. She would include 
every child in some way in the program. They were lined up in tront ot the church 
and marched in by music which Miss Mattie played on the old pedal organ. 

The children took their seats that had been assigned to them and waited until 
their name was called to give their part on the program. The children were dressed 
in their best tor this very special occasion. They came together several times tor 
practice during the week and their program was presented on Sunday morning. 
The offering on that day was sent to The Methodist Children's Home in Raleigh. 

When Miss Mattie Thompson retired and moved from the community, after giving 
a life time of service in so many ways, Miss Grace Paris accepted the responsibility 
of preparing the Children's Day Program until it was replaced by The Vacation Bible 
School. It is interesting to note that neither of these ladies were married, yet they 

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showed a great love for children and gave so much of themselves in working with 
them. 

The Daily Vacation Bible School 

The Vacation Bible School was started about 1940 at Phillips Chapel Methodist 
Church. It is usually held about the second week in June. The person in charge in 
most cases is assisted by the Sunday School teachers. The program consists of Bi- 
ble study on the children's level, crafts, recreation and refreshments. A picnic is 
often planned for the last day. The following Sunday a program is usually presented 
by the different groups, sharing what they have learned during the week of Bible 
School. 

The Epworth League 

The first organization for young people at Phillips Chapel was "The Epworth 
League". It was organized by the Minister Rev. E. G. Overton who served the 
church from 1931-1933. He organized this group in 1931 and it was called The Ep- 
worth League in honor of John Wesley's birth place in England "Epworth". 

We are not sure who the officers were except Agnes Davis served as the first 
president and Mr. and Mrs. Harris Wood were the counselors. In 1932 Harris was 
sent by this group to The Louisburg Assembly for young people which was held 
each year at Louisburg College for one week. 

Some of the members of the Epworth League were: Agnes Davis, Mattie Davis, 
Alson Davis, Bill Wood. Nellie Wood. Mae Turner, Eddie Turner (Killed in World War 
II). Donnie Turner. Dorothy Turner, Norman Thompson. Catherine Thompson, Alice 
Davis, and Esther Davis. 

Methodist Youth Fellowship 

In 1939 when The Methodist Episcopal Church South and The Methodist Protes- 
tant Church were united, the name of the young people's organization was changed 
from The Epworth League to The Methodist Youth Fellowship. 

We are sorry that we do not have a complete list of the membership and officers. 

1941 - 1978: Presidents: Mary Elizabeth Edwards, Louise Rogers 

Counselors: Ray and Betty Lou Sawyer, Jack and Mattie Shore, Eunice Brad- 
shaw, Dale and Berta Cook. Doug and Patsy Sawyer, Ed and Jean Fay Thompson, 
Jerry and Jewel Ray. Jack and Ruby Phillips, Wade and Yvonne Davis, Donald and 
Becky Smith, Roger and Alice Kay Thompson, Johnny and Dianne Davis 

In 1941 when Ray and Betty Sawyer were the counselors the membership con- 
sisted of these names: Hilda Wood, Hattie Davis, Mabel Davis, Berta Davis, Eddie 
White, Marie Davis, Dale Davis, Lunette Thompson, Clarence Davis, Maurice Jr. 
Teer, Sabert Davis, Richard White, Beulah Davis. 

Since we had no fellowship hall at this time, the M. Y. F. often used the C. P. 
Thompson cabin for their social activities such as cook-outs, picnics, and hallo- 
ween parties. The group met each Sunday afternoon at the church for the program 
and study. 

The first year we were in the new church Mrs. Eunice Bradshaw, the counselor, 
planned a Youth Fellowship Christmas Banquet, which was held in the church 
basement on December 10, 1949 at 6:30 p.m. 

The tables were decorated with white table cloths, red candles, and a beautiful 
Christmas arrangement on each table. The members came in formal dress. The pro- 

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gram book, of which there is still one in existence, listed the activities for the even- 
ing: 

Song: ' 'White Christmas" (All) 

Invocation J . C. Shore 

Dinner 

Welcome Louise Rogers 

Stunt 

Song: "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" (All) 

Introduction of Speaker Parker Edwards 

Speaker Rev. John R. Poe 

Presentation of Gifts Bobby Webster 

Exchanging of Gifts (All) 

Closing Song : "Silent Night" 

Menu 

Tomoto Juice 

Ham — Cranberry Sauce 

Peas — Candied Yams — Slaw 

Hot Rolls 

Pickles — Celery — Olives 

Fruit Cake 

Coffee 

Members of The Methodist Youth Fellowship in 1949: Louise Rogers, Jean Fay 
Rogers, Bobby Webster, Melba Wood, Hilda Wood, Yvonne Huntley, Barbara 
Crawford, Hilda Teer, Frank Andrews, Mary Alice Crawford, Jack McPherson, 
Evelyn McPherson, Jane McPherson, Vivian McPherson, Richard Thompson, Dale 
Davis, Maxie Davis, Tanya Davis, Nadine Davis, Wade Davis and Johnny Davis. 

Thie group raised money and bought a piano for the new church in 1949. 

Mrs. Eunice Bradshaw, Youth Counselor, and Mrs. Thelma Rogers taught a Sun- 
day School Class composed of these same young people, who raised funds to pur- 
chase the hand rails for the church steps. 



Phillips Chapel Methodist Youth Fellowship 
REORGANIZED 

In late May 1979, a softball game and hamburger/hot dog supper was held for 
the youth on a Sunday afternoon — this was the beginning of a Jr. and Sr. MYF. 

Jr. Counselors: Elaine and Jerry Williamson; Diann and Lem Edwards. 

Sr. Counselors: Mike and Cathy Davis. 

Roll 

JUNIORS: Amy Williamson, Tripp Edwards, Chris Edwards, Stephanie Scott, 
Scott Phillips, Boyd McKenzie, Jane Farrell, Susan Farrell, Kim Spence, Joey Ward- 
well. 

SENIORS: Mike Johnson, Dean Williamson, Russ Allen, Jeff Davis, Jeff Scott, 
Carol Graves, Cheryl Graves, Renee Phillips, Tina Davis, April Spence, Mark Far- 
rell, Linday Wardwell. 

Meetings were to be held every Sunday night at 6:00. 

Activities 

In September, the seniors had a car wash on Saturday to raise money to go to 
Carowinds. 

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The Sr. counselors took the Sr's to Carowinds in August. 

In October, the Jr. and Sr. MYF held a Halloween Carnival. There was a dunk- 
ing machine, games, hot dogs, bake sale, fortune telling and the Sr.'s had a 
haunted house. This was to raise money to go to White Lake the next summer. They 
invited the entire church to accompany them. The White Lake trip was in June of 
1980. 

In December, the Sr. counselors took the Sr.'s out for Pizza and bowling. 

In March of 1980, the seniors had a spaghetti supper and the juniors had a bake 
sale. 

Since the White Lake trip — the Jr. and Sr. MYF have spent the summer playing 
Softball on Sunday afternoons. 

Our upcoming activities include another Halloween carnival, an annual White 
Lake trip, a fall help-out for the older people of the church, and Christmas caroling. 



YOUTH WORSHIP SERVICE 



ORDER OF WORSHIP 
February3, 1980 11:00 A.M. 

The Prelude Kay Farrell 

*The Choral Call To Worship Youth Choir 

*The Invocation Jeff Davis 

*Hymn 221 "Standing on the Promises" 

*The Responsive Reading No. 561 "The Earth Is the Lord's" Dean Williamson 

*The Gloria Patri 

Silent Meditation and Morning Prayer 

The Moments Of Fellowship Jeff Scott 

*Hymn 115 "Heavens Jublee" 
The Giving Of Tithes and Offerings 

*The Dedication Of Tithes and Offerings (Doxology) Mark Farrell 

The Morning Anthem Youth Choir 

The Scripture Lesson: Jonah 1:1-3 Teena Davis 

The Sermon: "Going In the Right Direction" Mike Johnson 

*Hymn No. 264 "I Love to Tell the Story" 

*The Benediction Cheryl Graves 

*The Postlude 

We would like to thank our youth for preparing our program today. Also, a special 
thanks to the counselors who spend so much of their time in working with them. 
The Junior MYF Counselors are Elaine Williamson and Diann Edwards. The Senior 
MYF Counselors are Mike and Cathy Davis. 



METHODIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP ROCK-ATHON 

In the fall of 1979, the M. Y. F. held a rock-athon contest in the church basement 
beginning at 5:30 p.m. The ones who rocked the longest hours were: Cheryl 
Graves, Chris Edwards, and Jane Farrell. They were finally stopped about 4:00 
a.m. the next morning. 

The members of the M.Y.F. were sponsored by adults who payed them so much 
for each hour they rocked. The amount raised was $520.15 which the M.Y.F. 

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donated to help install storm windows on the church. 

February 3, 1980 the M.Y.F. was in charge of the 11:00 A.M. worship service 
with Michael Johnson being their speaker. 



1981 Methodist Youth Fellowship Roll 

Jane Farrell 

Susan Farrell Tripp Edwards 

Mark Farrell Mike Johnson 

Stephanie Scott Renee Phillips 

Teena Davis April Spence 

Jeff Scott Kim Spence 

Jeff Davis Russ Allen 

Chris Sawyer Benji Cole 

Cheryl Graves Wendy Cole 

Chris Edwards Counselors: Mike and Cathy Davis 



MYF Supper 

On April 4, 1981, the UMYF of Phillips Chapel held a Chicken and Dumplings 
supper. Slaw and Pinto beans were served to complete the meal. 

A bake sale was held in conjunction with the supper through goods donated by 
women of the church. 

Proceeds from the supper were set aside in planning for an upcoming trip to 
White Lake. Two hundred and thirty-five dollars was raised through the sale of 
plates and baked goods. 



The United Methodist Women 



PURPOSE 

The organized Unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women 
whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons 
through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand 
concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. 

HISTORY OF METHODIST WOMEN 
ORGANIZED FOR MISSION - NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE 

1874 - Women's Missionary Society of Methodist Episcopal Church was organ- 
ized. 

1876 - All Methodist Women of North Carolina organized as the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society. From the beginning prime concern was missions and 
supporting missionaries. 

1887 - There were 13 districts, 46 auxiliaries with 1 ,326 members who assumed 
complete responsibility for Christian Education of Children. These children 
were called "Bright Jewels." 

1890 - North Carolina Methodism was divided into two conferences. The North 
Carolina Conference had two organizations for women: Woman's Foreign 
Missionary Society and Woman's Home Mission Society. 



1912 - These two societies were joined together and renamed Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society. 

1919 - 13 foreign missionaries and 3 home missionaries were being supported. 
Great emphasis was placed on mission studies. 

1928 - "Jubilee Year" — The Jubilee Study Jewel was donated to be awarded to 
District having largest percentage of societies reporting three studies 
during the year. 

1936 - 11,387 Members. Their interests were: Peace, World Brotherhood, 
Alcohol, Better Homes. 

1939 - Unification of Methodist Protestant Church, Methodist Episcopal Church, 

South into the Methodist Church. 

1940 - Birth of Woman's Society of Christian Service. 

1940 - Woman's Society of Christian Service of the North Carolina Conference 

of the Central Jurisdiction was organized. 

1941 - Charter meeting for Wesleyan Service Guild for employed women was held. 
1946 - School of Missions and Christian Service was conceived. 

1959 - First W. S. G. Week-end of Study at School of Missions. 

1961 - Charter of Racial Policies ratified. 

1965 - All applications to School of Missions to be accepted regardless of race. 

1968 - First Conference-wide Spiritual Life Retreat for W. S. G. held at Camp 
Rockfish. 

1968 - Dissolution of Central Jurisdiction. 

1968 - Methodist Church and Evangelical Brethern became United Methodist 
Church with their two women's organizations merging into Women's 
Society of Christian Service. 

1970 - R & R sponsored by Women's Society of Christian Service and N.C. Con- 
ference Program council replacing School of Missions. 

1972 - Name "UNITED METHODIST WOMEN" chosen for new organization 
which includes the Women's Society of Christian Service and Wesleyan 
Service Guild. 

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH 
WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIETY 

Phillips Chapel Woman's Missionary Society was organized in 1931 by Miss 
Florine Roberson and Mrs. J. D. Lee. Miss Roberson was a member of Front St. 
Methodist Church and was serving as president of the Durham District. Mrs. J. D. 
Lee was a member of the Graham Methodist Church and, also, held an important of- 
fice in the Durham District. Miss Roberson explained the purpose of a Missionary 
Society and the duties of each officer. She then asked for nominations for a presi- 
dent and other officers. Mrs. Narvie Wood Morrow was elected and served as 
Phillips Chapel's first president. 



Charter Members 



Mrs. Narvie W. Morrow 
Miss Grace Paris 
Miss Mattie Thompson 
Mrs. Vyvian C. Franklin 
Mrs. Lizzie Davis 
Mrs. Josie Davis 
Mrs. L. W. Curl 

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Mrs. Sarah Davis 
Mrs.W. H. Wood 
Mrs. Mamie Turner 
Mrs. Zanie Davis 
Miss Nellie Wood 
Miss Agnes Davis 
Miss Mattie Davis 

Mrs. Vyvian C. Franklin served as the second president until it failed to function 
during the great depression. 

THE WOMAN'S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE 

The Woman's Society of Christian Service was organized in 1945 by Mrs. G. B. 
Robbins who was president of the Durham District and Mrs. I. T. Poole. 

After a morning worship service, the Minister, Mr. Ivey T. Poole announced that 
Mrs. G. B. Robbins and Mrs. Poole were there to organize The Woman's Society of 
Christian Service. The Reverend Mr. Poole invited all the women of the church to 
remain and become a member of this great organization. 

Mrs. G.B. Robbins explained the purpose of such an organization, and that it 
serves both home and foreign missions. This she said "is included in Jesus great 
commission and that we owe a duty to both". 

A list of officers needed and their duties were explained. 

The following people were elected: 
PRESIDENT: Mrs. J. C. Shore 
VICE PRESIDENT: Mrs. Ray Sawyer 
PROMOTION SECRETARY: Mrs. Jewel Griggs 
RECORDING SECRETARY: Miss Donnie Turner 
TREASURER: Mrs. Carson Davis 
SECRETARY OF MISSIONARY EDUCATION AND SERVICE: Mrs. Sarah Davis 

(Morrow) 
SECRETARY OF CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RELATIONS AND LOCAL CHURCH AC 
TIVITIES: Miss Nellie Wood 

SECRETARY OF SPIRITUAL LIFE: Mrs. John Thompson 
SECRETARY OF STUDENT WORK: Mrs. Narvie Wood (Morrow) 
SECRETARY OF YOUTH WORK: Mrs. Sarah Davis (Morrow) 
SECRETARY OF CHILDREN'S WORK: Mrs. Maurice Teer 
SECRETARY OF LITERATURE AND PUBLICATIONS: Mrs. W. H. Wood 
SECRETARY OF SUPPLY WORK: Mrs. R. R. Smith 
SECRETARY OF STATUS OF WOMEN: Miss Grace Paris 

The meeting was then turned over to the newly elected president who expressed 
her gratitude to the women for their confidence in her ability to lead them. She 
stated that she felt it was a good organization to be a part of and could strengthen 
the local church. She, also, expressed her appreciation to the slate of officers for 
accepting their responsibilities in the Woman's Society of Christian Service. 

It was decided to meet monthly on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the homes. 

The meeting was adjourned to meet in December for the first meeting in the home 
of Mrs. Ray Sawyer. 

CHARTER MEMBERS 
Mrs. Nellie Wood (McPherson) Mrs. Carson Davis* 

Mrs. L. W. Curl* Mrs. Sarah Davis (Morrow) 

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Mrs. Zannie Davis* Miss Donnie Turner 

Mrs. Parker Edwards Mrs. Mamie Turner' 

Mrs. Narvie Wood (Morrow) Mrs. Ray Sawyer 

Miss Grace Paris* Mrs. J. C. Shore 

Mrs. Lois Teer Mrs. R. R. Smith 

Mrs. John Thompson Mrs. W. H. Wood* 
*Deceased Charter Members 



CHANGES IN THE NAME OF THE WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION 
IN THE METHODIST CHURCH 

After unification in 1939, the name was changed from The Woman's Missionary 
Society to The Woman's Society of Christian Service. 

It was in the year of 1968 that the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The 
Methodist Church were united into what is now called The United Methodist 
Church. 

The name was then again changed from The Woman's Society of Christian Service 
to the United Methodist Women. 

BABY MEMBERSHIP IN THE PHILLIPS CHAPEL W.S.C.S. 

Robert Smith, son of Mrs. R. R. Smith 
Jo Ann Shore, daughter of Mrs. J. C. Shore 
David Edwards, son of Mrs. Parker Edwards 
Evangeline Tate, daughter of Mrs. Herman Tate 
Douglas Carden, nephew of Miss Donnie Turner 
Diane Tate, daughter of Mrs. Herman Tate 
William Toney Hill, son of Mrs. Garland Williams 

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP 

Miss Betty Sue Rogers, daughter of Mrs. Clarence Rogers 

PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION 

Mrs. Narvie W. Morrow 1931 - 1933 

Mrs. Vyvian Franklin 1933 - 1935 

Mrs. J. C. Shore 1945 - 1949 

Mrs. Ray Sawyer 1949 - 1953 

Mrs. Jewel Griggs Harrelson 1953 - 1957 

Mrs. Melba W. Tate (Walker) 1957-1959 

Miss Donnie Turner 4 years 

Mrs. Sarah Davis (Morrow) 4 years 

Mrs. Monroe Williams 4 years 

Mrs. Jewel Ray 4 years 

Mrs. Patsy Sawyer 4 years 

Mrs. Ardell Williams 1 year 

Mrs. Ray Sawyer 1977 - 1980 

Mrs. Monroe Williams 1980 - (unable to serve) 

Mrs. Jo Ann Auman 1980 

Mrs. Bonnie B. Davis 1981 

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LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN THE PHILLIPS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

Mrs. J. C. Shore Mrs. Carson Davis 

Mrs. Ray Sawyer Mrs. Narvie Wood (Morrow) 

Mrs. R. R. Smith* Mrs. John Thompson 

Mrs. W. H. Wood Mrs. Sarah Davis (Morrow) 

Mrs. Mamie Turner Mrs. Jewel Harrelson 

Miss Donnie Turner Mrs. MelbaTate (Walker) 

Miss Grace Paris Mrs. Nellie Wood (McPherson) 

*Mrs. R. R. Smith is a life member of the North Carolina Conference of the 
W.S.C.S. and the Women's Division of Christian Service. 

SELECTED PROGRAMS FROM THE MORNING CIRCLE OF THE UNITED 
METHODIST WOMEN FROM 1971-1974 

The Morning Circle met for their first meeting in the home of Mrs. Patsy Sawyer. 
April 27, 1971 with thirteen members present. A lunch was served after which the 
meeting was called to order by Mrs. Betty Sawyer, chairman. 

Rev. Carson Wiggins led the group in singing "Sweet Hour of Prayer". Mrs. Bet- 
ty Sawyer gave the devotional and Mrs. Jewel Ray, president of The United 
Methodist Women led in prayer. 

The offering for this meeting was $9.00. A time was then given to witness or 
share what ever they wanted to for the remainder of the meeting. They adjourned at 
2:00 P.M. 

The Morning Circle met with Mrs. Mamie Turner at the rest home in Mebane 
November 20, 1971 to honor her on her birthday. She was entertained with games, 
a birthday cake, and gifts. 

Rev. Carson Wiggins led the devotion and they were adjourned. 

The Morning Circle met December 14, 1971 at Huey's Seafood for their 
Christmas meeting. The tables were beautifully decorated by Mrs. Narvie W. Mor- 
row and Mrs. Audrey W. Garrett. Each one ordered from the menu of their choice. 

After the meal, the group was entertained with games and exchanging of gifts, 
and a drawing for door prizes. Those winning prizes were: Mrs. Daisy Johnson, 
Mrs. Ellie Blackwood, Mrs. Narvie Morrow, Mrs. Vernie Gooding. 

The devotional was by Rev. Carson Wiggens, minister of Phillips Chapel United 
Methodist Church, after which the meeting adjourned. 



The Morning Circle met with Mrs. Betty McVey for the September meeting in 
1974 with ten members and two visitors. Mrs. Kitty Sims gave the devotional. 

During the business session it was decided to meet with the night circle until fur- 
ther notice. Lunch and a fellowship time was enjoyed by the group. Cards were 
signed and sent to the following people: Mrs. Ellie Blackwood, Mrs. Laura Griffin, 
Mrs. Reba Davis and Jean Faye Thompson. The meeting adjourned. 

Membership Roll 

Mrs. Pearl Gossage Mrs. Betty Sawyer 

Mrs. Ellie Blackwood Mrs. Ardell Williams 

Mrs. Vernie Gooding Mrs. Audrey Garrett 

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Mrs. Laura Griffin Mrs. Annie Mae Roney 

Mrs. Maggie Edwards Mrs. Sarah C. Morrow 

Mrs. Daisy Johnson Mrs. Velma James 

Mrs. Betty McVey Mrs. Willie Davis 

Mrs. Narvie Morrow Mrs. Moonyeen Williams 

Mrs. Ruby Phillips Mrs. Reba Davis 

Mrs. Jewel Ray Mrs. Eunice Bradshaw 

Mrs. Patsy Sawyer Miss Grace Paris 

Mrs. Myrtle Thompson Mrs. Lois Teer 

Mrs. Blanch Thompson Mrs. Juanita Saunders 

Mrs. Kitty Sims 

Officers 

Mrs. Betty Lou Sawyer, Circle Chairman 
Mrs. Narvie W. Morrow, Vice Chairman 
Mrs. Ruby Phillips, Secretary 
Mrs. Sarah C. Morrow, Treasurer 

CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN 

The Women Organization of Phillips Chapel Methodist Church has worked closely 
with the church since its beginning, remembering that they are first members of the 
Methodist Church. 

During the building of a new church and two parsonages, the women were ac- 
tively engaged in raising funds to help support these three building projects. 

While serving as president, Mrs. Betty Lou Sawyer helped to plan and served as 
chairman of several fall festivals. One was held November 30, 1978 at Alexander 
Wilson School. At this time, the women sponsored a bazaar and a baby contest. 
The amount raised from these two projects, an auction sale, barbecue and chicken 
pie dinners, was $6,939.56. The expenses were $1 ,015.57 leaving a net profit of 
$5,923.99. 

The women of the church have made several quilts to be sold at auction at the fall 
festivals. A name quilt was made a few years ago which sold for $560.00. 

For the past two years, the church decided to use the talent money idea instead 
of a fall festival for a fund raising project. The United Methodist Women fully sup- 
ported this idea. The year of 1979 the talent money brought in $2,600.00 and for 
the year 1980 was $1,485.09. 

Mrs. Sawyer, while serving as president, helped to organize a Morning Circle. 
This group met in the homes at 10:00 A.M. each month; the meeting consisted of a 
program and a covered dish lunch. The Circle included the shut-ins and elderly. 
Transportation was provided for them by the members. They were carried out for a 
meal at Christmas and given gifts. Some of the members who provided transporta- 
tion were: Mrs. Ruby Phillips, Mrs. Betty McVey, Mrs. Narvie W. Morrow and Mrs. 
Patsy Sawyer. 

Recently, the United Methodist Women were asked to help finance the play 
ground and they voted to do so. During the year of 1980, some of the U.M.W. 
members made Chrismons for the Christmas tree. Those who did the handiwork 
were: Becky Smith, Kay Farrell, Betty Sawyer, Wanda Simmons, Bonnie Davis, 
Diann Edwards and Patsy Sawyer. Sunday, December 14, 1980 the entire worship 
service was spent in explaining the meaning of each Christian Symbol. The 
minister, Rev. Jimmy R. Tatum, led the service with the congregation taking part, 
also on the same Sunday White Christmas was observed by the church. 

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The United Methodist Women sponsored this special Christmas event. Each fami- 
ly member was asked to bring a gift for a "shut-in" of our church and community. 
The gifts consisted of paper goods, canned goods, soap, etc. Each gift was wrap- 
ped in white tissue paper and labeled. The United Methodist Women visited the 
shut-ins and delivered the gifts. 

Phillips Chapel United Methodist Women 1981 

Pres. - Bonnie B. Davis Sec. - Diann Edwards 

V. Pres. - Becky Smith Tres. - Wanda Simons 



Roll 



Berta Cook 
Karen Crawford 
Bonnie Davis 
Yvonne Davis 
Diann Edwards 
Betty McVey 
Ruby Phillips 
Betty Lou Sawyer 
Patsy Sawyer 
Lacy Scott 
Mattie Shore 
Agnes Smith 
Becky Smith 
Hazel Spence 



Myrtle Thompson 
Cynthia Turner 
Elaine Williamson 
Willie C. Davis 
Mable D. Garrett 
Jewel Ray 
Jo Ann Auman 
Moonyeen Williams 
Joy Belle Roney 
Wanda Simmons 
Cathy Davis 
Martha Tatum 
Texi Owens 



Methodist Men's Club 



The first Methodist Men's Club was organized by Rev. John R. Poe in 1947. Mr 
Poe was serving the Swepsonville Charge which consisted of three churches Swep- 
sonville, Phillips Chapel and Salem Methodist Churches. 

The club was composed of men from these churches and met once a month until 
1952 when Swepsonville became a station church. At first they had supper 
meetings alternating between Swepsonville, Phillips Chapel and Salem. The ladies 
from each of these three churches prepared and served the evening meal. 

In 1950 the club sponsored a boy at the Children's Home in Raleigh, James 
Sadler. Clothes were bought twice a year with the $150.00 which the club sent. 
They also sent him gifts at Christmas and on birthdays. James was a guest of the 
different club members during the summer vacations and Christmas Holidays. In 
1970 he visted the community and at that time he was married, had two children 
and was living in Maryland. 

After Swepsonville became a station church, Phillips Chapel and Salem continued 
to meet and the meetings were alternated between these two churches. The 
Woman's Society of Christian Service usually prepared and served the meal, when 
the club met at Phillips Chapel. The price paid by the club for the meal was used in 
the parsonage building fund. At this time Salem and Phillips Chapel were making 
plans to build the parsonage on Highway 54. After a few years, the Men's Club fail- 
ed to function at Phillips Chapel because of insufficient membership in the club. 
They remained inactive until after Phillips Chapel became a station church. 



During the pastorate of Rev. G.A. Davis, The United Methodist Men's Club was 
reorganized on November 26. 1978 with fifteen charter members. 

One of the projects of this club was to build a picnic shelter. For a period of time 
the club members mowed the cemetery and cleaned the church to raise funds to be 
applied to the building of the picnic shelter. 



Reorganization of the 
United Methodist Men's Club 

All the men of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church were invited by the Rev. 
G.A. Davis to meet in the church fellowship hall on Sunday morning. November 26, 
1978 at 7:30 a.m. for a breakfast and to organize the United MLethodist Mens Club. 

Mr. Douglas Sawyer temporarily presided. Rev. G.A. Davis gave the invocation. 
The meal was then served by Mr. Max Spence. Mr. Gene Coble, and Mr. Frank 
Digweed who. also, prepared the meal. 

Those present for the first meeting were: 

Jerry Auman Frank Digweed 

J.C. Shore Lacy James 

Rev. G.A. Davis Danny Scott 

Jerry Williamson Norman McVey 

Max Spence Henry Keller 

Gene Coble Wade Davis 

Doi'glas Sawyer Tip Bardwell 

Donald Yakkey 

After breakfast a business meeting was held and the following officers were 
elected: 

President - Douglas Sawyer 

Vice President - Danny Scott 

Secretary/Treasurer - Jerry Auman 

Breakfast and Speaker - Max Spence 

Coordinator - Danny Scott 

The offering for this meeting was S38. Expenses amounted to $21.50 leaving a 
net of S16.50 in the treasury. 

It was decided that the Club would start some projects which would be determined 
at later meetings. They decided to meet each fourth Sunday morning at 7:30 in the 
fellowship hall and the members would take turns in cooking the breakfast. 

The meeting adjourned to meet again December 17. 1978. 



PHILLIPS CHAPEL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION ORGANIZATION 

The Phillips Chapel Memorial Association was organized May 30. 1926. The Rev 
F. A. Lupton who served the Swepsonville Charge from 1923 to 1927. along with 
Mr. Charlie P. Thompson and other members of Phillips Chapel Methodist Church 
were the founders of the Memorial Association. 

The following officers were elected: 
Mr. C. P. Thompson, president 
Mr. J. W. Nicks. 1st vice president 
Miss Mattie Thompson, 2nd vice president 

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Mr. G. W. Bradshaw, 3rd vice president 
Mr. C. M. Ray, Secretary 
Mr. J. P. Bradshaw, Treasurer 

The constitution and by laws were read and adopted. 

The president Mr. Charlie P. Thompson urged the people to join and become life 
members of the Memorial Association. 

The endowment fund was set up and people were given the opportunity to con- 
tribute to it. 

The Phillips Chapel Memorial Association was organized for the purpose of rais- 
ing funds toward the caring and maintaining of the cemetery. 

The members of Phillips Chapel Methodist Church began to realize and discuss 
the need to secure more land for the cemetery. Mr. G. W. Mc(Cull) Thompson gave 
a portion of land which joined the Old Cemetery. The land had to be cleared of trees 
and stumps, plowed, and grass sown. Mr. Charlie P. Thompson, the president ap- 
pointed a cemetery committee which consisted of the following people: Mr. George 
C. Davis, Mr. Luther Bradshaw and Mr. Wistar Wood. This land was soon laid off in 
plots and a map of the cemetery was made. The Memorial Association felt the need 
to have some one to assist people in selecting plots and supervise the digging of 
graves. George C. Davis was appointed to this job. 

When the land given by Mr. Cull Thompson was allotted Mr. Thompson's son, 
Norman, gave some additional land. A few years later more land was needed and a 
tract of land was bought from Mrs. Ollie Mae Jordan, which had been part of the 
James Turner estate. 

As the cemetery grew larger the task of caring for it became too great for the 
church members. They began to discuss the idea of selling plots and to hire help to 
do the mowing and caring for the cemetery. The Memorial Association voted to sup- 
port this idea and a price was set for the plots and for mowing. 

When Mr. Dwight Burke was serving as president, a perpetual care fund was set 
up and the balance in this fund May 3, 1979 was $9,740.88 and is with Mid South 
Insurance Company. 

The Memorial Association in 1979 purchased 2.46 acres for the cemetery from 
Mr. Charles Thompson, a grandson of Mr. Cull Thompson, for $2,800.00. 

At the 55th Memorial Service, May 27, 1979, we had the honor of having 
Bishop and Mrs. Robert M. Blackburn, and the Burlington District Superintendent 
and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. Barney Davidson, as our guest. Bishop Blackburn 
preached at the 11 o'clock service. 

We are deeply grateful to all those who have worked so hard to make this 
organization a success; we have seen it grow and serve its purpose well. 

Past Presidents: Secretarys: 

Mr. Charlie P. Thompson, 1926-1935 Mr. C. M. Ray 

Mr. Clifford M. Ray, 1935-1939 Miss Lois Bradshaw 

Mr. Charlie P. Thompson, 1939-1945 Mrs. Narvie W. Morrow 

Mr. Lexie L. Ray, 1945-1949 Mrs. Berta Cook 

Mr. J. C. Shore, 1949-1955 Miss Barbara Crawford 

*Mr. J. Dwight Burke, 1955-1969 Miss Alice Crawford 

Mr. Dale Cook, 1969-1973 Mrs. Sarah D. Morrow 

Mr. Mack Roney, 1973-1975 Miss Cynthia D. Turner 

Mr. Dale Cook, 1975-1979 Mrs. Jewel Ray 

Mr. J. C. Shore, 1979 Mrs. Becky Smith 

Mrs. Patsy Sawyer 

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Treasurers: 

Mr. J. P. Bradshaw Mr. James D. Cook 

Mrs. Ethylene B. Payne Mrs. Jean Thompson 

Mrs. Agnes D. Smith Mrs. Alice K. Thompson 

Mrs. Jean Coble Mrs. Jean Grey Shambley 

Mr. Herman Tate Mrs. Lacy D. Scott 

Mr. Sabert T. Davis Miss Cynthia D. Turner 

*Mr. J. Dwight Burke was instrumental in setting up the PERPETUAL CARE FUND. 



MR. CHARLES P. THOMPSON 

Mr. Charles P. Thompson was a native ot Alamance County. He was the son of 
William Paisley Thompson and Sallie Lowe Thompson. He and his wife, Maggie 
Newlin Thompson, had four sons: Page, Wayne, Neil and Donald Thompson. Neil is 
a minister in the United Methodist Church and currently serves in the Raleigh 
District. 

Mr. Charles Thompson departed this life at the age of 72 at his home in Swepson- 
ville. Mr. Thompson had long been identified as an outstanding leader in the field of 
Civic, Church and educational activities. His funeral was conducted at Phillips 
Chapel Methodist Church by the Minister, Rev. John R. Poe, assisted by Rev. T. B. 
Hough and I. T. Poole, former ministers and Rev. Richard Smith, Minister of the 
Swepsonville Baptist Church. 

Mr. Thompson served as chairman of Alamance County Draft Board No. 2 during 
World War II and was, also, a member of the county draft board during the First 
World War. He was formerly postmaster of Swepsonville, serving in that post for 32 
years and a local merchant for 45 years operating the Thompson & Kirkpatrick 
General Store. 

Mr. Thompson served as chairman of the Alexander Wilson School Board for a 
number of years and the C. P. Thompson Gymnasium was named in his honor. 

Mr. Charles Thompson was a life long member of Phillips Chapel Methodist 
Church and served as charge lay leader for the Swepsonville, Phillips Chapel and 
Salem Methodist Churches. 

After the death of Mr. George W. Bradshaw, Mr. Thompson was elected to 
replace him as chairman of the building committee for the new Phillips Chapel 
Church. He was a good leader, a wise counselor and guided the church's con- 
gregation to its completion of the new building in January of 1949. 

Mr. Thompson served as chairman of the board of trustees and was one of the 
founders of the Phillips Chapel Memorial Association, serving as its first president. 



54 MEMORIAL DAY 
PHILLIPS CHAPEL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION MINUTES 

The Memorial Association of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church was held 
on May 28, 1978 at the Chapel Church. 

Rev. George Alson Davis conducted the service and provided the sermon. He 
stated that we are a "New Testament Church ... we must have a conviction and 
the courage to stand by it" . The music was provided by the Chapel Choir under the 
direction of Becky Smith. 

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The Memorial Service was conducted by Lacy Scott, Moonyeen Williams and Bet- 
ty Lou Sawyer. A candle was lit after each of the ten memorials by acolyte Jeff 
Scott. 

The President presided over the business session. There was no corrections to 
the minutes or to the financial statement listed in the bulletin. The purchase of ap- 
proximately 2V2 acres (price $2800) was passed. The motion was made by Ray 
Gossage, seconded by Jerry Auman to borrow money from the Perpetual Care Fund 
if needed for the purchase of this land. It was also passed that after the new land is 
cleared, all markers must be flush with the ground with a four inch border 
around the marker. 

The nominating committee recommended the following officers for the coming 
year: Dale Cook, President; Jerry Ray, Vice President; Becky Smith, Secretary; 
Lacy Scott, Treasurer. Program Committee: Yvonne Davis, Chairman, Moonyeen 
Williams, Patsy Sawyer, Bonnie Davis, and Jewel Ray. All officers and committee 
were unanimously accepted by the Association. 

There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned to the picnic area. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Becky Smith, Secretary 
Dale Cook, President 



55 MEMORIAL DAY 
PHILLIPS CHAPEL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION MINUTES 

The Memorial Association of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church was held 
on May 27, 1979 at the Phillips Chapel Church. 

Rev. George Davis conducted the service with Rev. Jack Shore having the open- 
ing prayer. Our District Superintendent, B.L. Davidson, introduced Bishop Robert 
Blackburn as our guest speaker. The scripture was taken from Hebrews. Bishop 
Blackburn stated that "some of the finest treasures in life are from the past . . . 
but, let us run the race well that has been set before us". The music was provided 
by the Joy Singers and the Phillips Chapel Choir under the direction of Becky 
Smith. 

The Memorial Service was conducted by Patsy Sawyer and Moonyeen Williams. 
A candle was lit for each of the ten memorials by acolyte, Chris Sawyer. 

The president, Dale Cook, presided over the business session. There were no 
corrections to the minutes or the financial statement listed in the bulletin. No old 
business was brought forward. New business consisted of updating the mailing 
list, and thanks were extended to those who had contributed to the Perpetual Care 
Fund. 

The nominating committee recommended the following officers for the coming 
year: Jack Shore, President; Jerry Ray, Vice-President; Becky Smith, Secretary; 
Lacy Scott, Treasurer. Program Committee: Jewel Ray, Chairman, Patsy Sawyer, 
Jo Ann Auman, Wanda Simmons, Yvonne Davis. All officers and committee were 
unanimously accepted by the Association. The motion was made and accepted that 
the president decide on a Nominating Committee. 

There was no further business, and the meeting was adjourned to the picnic 
area. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Becky Smith, Secretary 
Jack Shore, President 

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PHILLIPS CHAPEL PLAY GROUND 

June 7, 1978 Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church bought a portion of land 
containing 3.803 acres from Norman Charles Thompson, Jr. Part of this land was to 
be used for a ball field. 

In January 1980 the decision was made to start making plans for a play ground 
which would consist of a basketball court and a gym set. 

The United Methodist Women were asked to help and they voted to do so. Since 
the U.M.W. did not have sufficient funds at this time, it was necessary to start 
some fund raising projects. The first method used was personal pledges from the 
members to be paid immediately. 

Saturday, May 17, 1980 the activity day was planned which consisted of a yard 
sale, bake sale, hot dogs and a baseball game. 

Mrs. Betty Lou Sawyer and Mrs. Patsy Sawyer were in charge of the yard sale. 

Mrs. Becky Smith and Mrs. Jo Ann Auman were in charge of the bake sale. 

Douglas Sawyer was in charge of the ball game which was played in the after- 
noon. The amount raised from all activities of the day was: $526.88. 

The United Medthodist Women held a Stanley party which gave them a profit of 
$65.00; and a tupperware party which brought a profit of $135.00. The total 
amount from these three projects was $726.88. 

In mid summer of 1980 the basketball court was built. 

On Saturday night, February 7, 1981 , The United Methodist Women planned for 
a chicken pie supper to serve in the fellowship hall of the church. All food for this 
supper was donated by church members. The menu consisted of chicken pie, slaw, 
rolls, butter, dessert, coffee or tea, for the price of $3.00 per plate. The amount 
raised was $441 .75 which was a sufficient amount to finish paying for a gym set. 

Itemized cost of playground: 

Basketball Court $1,787.00 

Basketball Goals 1 30.00 

Gravel 360.00 

Play ground equipment 259.76 

Gym set expected cost 500.00 

Total cost of play ground $3,036.76 

RECENT WORK ON THE CHURCH AND PARSONAGE 

In 1978 new gutters were put on the church by George Dudleck Guttering Co. at a 
cost of $700.00. 

During the month of January 1979, James Davis was hired to replaster the sanc- 
tuary, vestibule, hall and two class rooms. He was paid $150.00 for this work. 

In January of 1979, Harold Evans was also hired to repaint the sanctuary, 
vestibule, hall and one class room for the price of $990.00. 

The celotex needed repairing which was done by church members Wade Davis, 
Ray Gossage, Jerry Ray and Danny Scott. The floor was waxed and buffed by Lem 
Edwards. 

In November of 1979 storm windows were installed on the church windows by 
Holt Lumber Co. at the cost of $813.91 and insulation in the attic over the class 
rooms was done at a cost of $191.35. 

In January of 1980, the heating and air unit was installed by Mebane Heating and 
Air Conditioning at a cost of $2,900.00. In January 1980 a small patio and steps 
were built at the parsonage. The cost of labor was $125.00 paid to A. M. Vestal. 

In late spring of 1980 the parsonage was repainted outside by Harold Evans. A 

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new drape was purchased for the sliding door. The kitchen cabinet tops were 
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In January 1981 the air conditioning unit was installed at the cost of $1 ,684.00. 



PHILLIPS CHAPEL BECOMES A STATION CHURCH 



In 1973 the congregation of Phillips Chapel voted to go station, a building com- 
mittee was elected which consisted of the following people: Dale Cook, Chairman, 
Ray Sawyer, Mable Garrett, Patsy Sawyer and Jerry Ray. Their duties were to 
select a suitable building lot and a blueprint for the new parsonage which was to be 
approved by the church. 

The parsonage committee consisted of: Jewel Ray, Chairman, Sarah Davis Mor- 
row, Pearl Gossage and Joy Bell Roney (Treasurer). This committee was to select 
and purchase the furnishings for the parsonage. 

A special called charge conference of the Salem United Methodist Church met at 
four o'clock on Sunday afternoon, February 24, 1974 to consider and approve 
plans for a new parsonage. Dr. N. W. Grant, district superintendent presided. 

At five o'clock the Phillips Chapel Church joined Salem in a joint charge con- 
ference to vote the authority to the church trustees to dispose of the old parsonage 
on Hwy. 54. 

The charge conference voted to give the trustees of both Salem and Phillips 
Chapel the authority to sell the parsonage for $25,000; giving the members of both 
churches the opportunity to bid on it first. If they could not get a bid of $25,000 by 
March 15, 1974, they were to put it in the hands of a realtor. However, this did not 
happen and the parsonage was sold by the trustees for $26,000 to Leonard and 
Nancy Scarlett. 

On December 15, 1973, the parsonage building committee of Phillips Chapel 
United Methodist Church, Dale Cook (chairman), Ray Sawyer, Mabel Garrett, Patsy 
Sawyer, Jerry Ray, purchased a tract of land which contains 0.76 acre from Mrs. 
Sarah Davis Morrow just off Hwy. 54 on the Phillips Chapel Road at a cost of 
$1,550.00 for the purpose of erecting a parsonage. 

The brick veneer parsonage was completed in 1974, has seven rooms, two baths 
and a double carport, and is total electric. The cost of the parsonage was 
$37,066.33. The furniture and other necessary items are not included in this 
figure. 

The parsonage was ready in June when the North Carolina Conference appointed 
the Rev. Phil Simms to serve Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church in its first 
year as a station church. 

Open house and dedication service was held soon after the first minister moved 
in. On September 22, 1974 the new parsonage was dedicated at the 11:00 A.M. 
Worship Service at Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Phil Sims 
and Dr. N. W. Grant leading the service. 

Open house was held at the parsonage in the afternoon of the same day with 
ninety-eight registered guests. 

*Due to illness Dr. N. W. Grant was unable to be present and Dr. S. T. Starnes 
led the 11:00 A.M. Worship service. 



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BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATED 

The Durham Morning Herald reported "Ten thousand North Carolina Methodist 
opened their Bicentennial Celebration with a regal processional - but it wasn't long 
before they were tapping their feet, clapping their hands and singing raucously. 

The celebration of the 200th anniversary of the North Carolina Circuit of the 
Methodist Church had all the elements - high church soul singing and evangelistic 
zeal. 

During the four-hour celebration Methodist traced their heritage from Genesis to 
John Wesley today. 

It was an action-packed celebration of songs, slides, drama, interpretative danc- 
ing and history. But it began slowly. The processional of representatives of historic 
Methodist Churches, Cabinet Members from the North Carolina Conference and the 
Western North Carolina Conference, banner bearers, the 250-voice Duke University 
Choir, the Duke University faculty and Bishops Hunt and Robert Blackburn of the 
North Carolina Conference marched in slowly while the congregation sang three 
popular humns. 

There were portrayals of John Wesley and Bishop Francis Asbury, the famous 
18th Century Circuit Rider. 

The service ended with a song to match the theme: "On The Way' ' modified from 
the song, "Go to Galilee". The song's refrain went: Go to Carolina, there you will 
find Him; He's gone ahead of you to Carolina, Carolina. That's where you'll find 
him. 

The service ended as the program book indicated without the benediction, "for 
our journey of service and worship continues. Go with God "on the Way." 

BICENTENNIAL OF CAROLINA CIRCUIT 

CELEBRATED AT PHILLIPS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1976 

Phillips Chapel celebrated the Bicentennial in their own unique way, using the 
talent within the church. 

The congregation had three designated meeting places where they left their cars 
and proceeded to the church on foot. It was a beautiful and inspiring sight as the 
people arrived at the church for worship services. 

The people were dressed in clothes that were in keeping with the Bicentennial 
celebration. The ladies wore long dresses and bonnets. The men wore overalls and 
straw hats; some of the men wore pants with suspenders and tall hats. Little girls 
wore long dresses and bonnets and little boys were dressed in overalls, plaid 
shirts, and hats. 

Some of the people who walked were: Bill and Livie Wood, Doug Sawyer and 
family, Ray and Betty Lou Sawyer, Ray and Pearl Gossage, Don Smith and family, 
George and Elizabeth Davis, Mike Davis and Cathy Harwood (Davis), Wade Davis 
and family, Johnny Davis and family (who carried their food basket), Terry and 
Bonnie Davis, The McKenzie family, Mrs. Myrtle Thompson, Mooneen T. Williams, 
Maurice and Lois Teer. 

Many visitors were present for the celebration, and some were parked along the 
road from other churches to observe as the people walked by. 

The service was led by the minister, Reverend George A. Davis, Mrs. Becky 
Smith was in charge of the music. Some of the songs used were: My Country Tis 
of Thee, Battle Hymn of the Republic, This Land is Your Land. The Church's history 

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PHILLIP'S CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 
BICENTENNIAL SERVICE 



Jane 27, 1976 

"GOD BLESS AMERICA" 

WELCOME AND PRAYER 
*HYMN (1st & 3rd verse) 

"JESUS LOVES ME" 

"DO LORD" 
*HYMN (1st, 3rd 6. 4th verse) 

THE HISTORY OF OUR CHURCH 6. COMMUNITY 

"THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND" 

OFFERING - 

DOXOLOGY 

SING-TIME (1st verse only) 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 

"GIVE ME THAT OLD TIME RELIGION" 
"BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC" 
SERMON 
*HYMN (1st & 4th verse) 
BENEDICTION 
"THIS IS MY COUNTRY" 

^Congregation will stand 
DEPART TO SERVE 



CHURCH 


We appreciate all the efforts that have gone into our 




Bicentennial Service and we hope all of you enjoy this 




day at Phillip's Chapel. Remembering that we each 


Ten O'clock 


still have the freedom to worship and praise God should 




make this day special to all of us. May God Bless each 


Choir 


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Rev. Davis 






The Women of the Church are planning to do a Cookbook, 


No. 291 


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Ask your friends and families for their recipes as 


Children 


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them, and we need all the recipes by July 25th. 


Children 




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No. 222 

No. 92 

No. 248 

No. 275 



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BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION June 27. 1976 L to R. Sallie 
Shore, Lois Teer, Livvie Wood. Dianne Davis Sarah C. .Mor- 
row. Yvonne Davis, Rev G.A Davis. 



Phillips Chapel United Methodist 
Church Bicentennial Service 




BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION June 27, 1976 L to R Chris 
Vestal. Boyd McKenzie, Wanda Simmons. Ike Brewer. 
Elizabeth Davis. Berta Cook. Linda McKenzie 





Bicentennial June 27. 1976 John Davis family and Tonnv 
Black. 



Rudy Phillips, Pearl Gossage. Bell Roney, Becky Smith, Win- 
dy Smith. Don Smith June 27, 1976 



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Bicentennial June, 1976 
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Bill and Liwie Wood 1976 




Bicentennial Cake made by Yvonne Davis 



Bicentennial June 27, 1976 



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was read by Mrs. Sarah Davis (Morrow). The sermon was by the minister, 
Reverend Georqe A. Davis. 

A Brush Arbor was made on the church grounds where antiques were put on 
display, such as: bonnets, baby dresses, guns, pictures, dishes, Bibles, and many 
more things that represented the bygone days and were interesting to see. 

Lunch was served on the picnic table under the oak trees. A Bicentennial cake 
beautifully decorated was made by Yvonne Davis. 

The afternoon was spent in socializing and taking snap shots. 

It seems appropriate that this history of Phillips Chapel use the poem, "Under 
God", by Nina Wicker. 

Mrs. Wicker's poems often appear in the North Carolina Christian Advocate. This 
one was written especially for the Bicentennial Celebration of the Carolina Circuit. 



UNDER GOD 

Nina Wicker 



Two hundred years ago 

We broke the ties 
A small nation then 

A great one survives. 

We settled this land 

From shore to shore 
We slaved some men 

We freed many more 

We built churches, schools 

Many factories too 
Trusting in God 

To see us thru 

To the tired and hungry 

We held out our hand 
They accepted our offer 

But failed to understand 

Another war we fought 

And brave men died 
We won the victory 

And remained unified 

We pooled our resources 

And put a man on the moon 
But the success and the glory 

We forgot too soon 

Some of our history 

We can shout with pride 
Other parts of it 

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One fact remains 

And will forever be 
A God given chance 

To rule our destiny 

So as we step into 

Another hundred years 
May the same God keep us 

And calm our fears! 

OLD FASHION DAY AT PHILLIPS CHAPEL 

Old Fashion Day was celebrated at Phillips Chapel on September 10, 1978. On 
this special day members were dressed in Eighteenth Century attire, sang the old 
gospel hymns and a message by Rev. G. A. Davis. Special music was by the choir. 
The day ended with an old-time dinner on the church grounds. 

FAMILY NIGHTS 

It has been the custom of our church through the years to have regular Family 
Nights. These occasions usually center around a fellowship meal and it is not 
unusual for the church to pay tribute to an outstanding person or family among our 
church families. 

One of these very special nights was in the form of a "This Is Your Life" program 
in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sawyer, whose influence has reached far and near 
through the years. This came as a surprise to them as they listened to several of 
their Christian friends share memories and special thoughts of how these two lovely 
Christians touched their lives as a friend, a neighbor or a brother and sister in 
Christ 

Ray and Betty Lou, as they are known, moved into our community as a young 
married couple during the early years of World War II. They immediately found 
themselves at home with our people. Betty Lou found herself in places of respon- 
sibility and service as Phillips Chapel became the place where she chose to serve 
Christ so lovingly and continues to do so today. Sometime later Ray also dedicated 
his life to Christ and found places of service in the church. 

One of the greatest services Betty Lou and Ray have rendered is in the area of 
Christian Education. Betty Lou has taught in the Sunday School perhaps for a 
longer time than any one person. Most of these years have been as a teacher in the 
Friendly Helpers Class, a class of married couples. Ray taught, and continues to 
share in this responsibility, in the Men's Class. Each also have served as the Sun- 
day School Superintendent. To list all of their contributions we would have to name 
almost every organization and every church office. 

The doors of their home have always been open for friends to enter and enjoy the 
warmth and fellowship. 

There was, and continues to be, a welcome mat whether it be a cottage prayer 
service, a Christmas Eve party, a steak supper, a fishing rodeo or yard sale for the 
church. 

Someone has said there is no such thing as a happy life - there are only happy 
days, but in spite of medical problems many times through the years Ray and Betty 
Lou lead such happy lives that have blessed so many people. Even with the sor- 
rows, as well as the joys, they have continued to be faithful to God rather than fin- 

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Old Fashion Day September 10, 1978. Dressed in Eighteenth Cen- 
tury Attire. 



Mike and Cathy Davis 
Rev. G.A. Davis. September 10, 1978 




John W. and Diann Davis 





Old Fashion Day, September 10, 1978. Berta and 
Dale Cook. 



Old Fashion Day, Sept. 10, 1978. Ray and Betty 
Sawyer. 



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Windy Smith, Sept. 10, 1978 



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Becky, Windy, Donald Smith 



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ding excuses for staying away from the worship of God, even in times of sickness. 
They find their excuses for going. What a challenge! 

So it is that people and programs such as these have been a blessing and have 
served as a means of drawing our people together in love. 

Submitted by, 
Mrs. Berta D. Cook 



SARAH MORROW APPRECIATION DAY 

An early spring day in 1977 was designated as Sarah Morrow Appreciation Day at 
our church. The people wanted to express their love to her in a special way. 

The entire worship service was dedicated to her. Flowers were placed on the altar 
in her honor by the Sunday School class where she served as a teacher for many 
years. During the informal moments of the worship service, members stood one 
after the other to express their love and gratitude for her dedication to the church 
and community. Following the worship service was a fellowship meal where she 
was honored with many lovely gifts by her friends and loved ones. 

Her roles in life were many. Moving into the community as a young girl, her life 
has been spent among the people of the community. Sarah, as she is known, 
means so much to so many. In the home she was a wife and mother to a husband 
and five children. In the mill where she worked and made her livelihood, she was a 
friend and co-worker. In her community she lived a life of love as she shared in the 
joys and sorrows of community life. Many footprints were left behind as she made 
her way into home after home where sickness and death had entered. It was not 
unusual for her to stay away from her job if she felt she was needed in homes such 
as these. To them she was their nurse and comforter. To a widowed friend who may 
have needed transportation to a doctor's office, a grocery store, or perhaps to a 
drug store, she became their chauffeur. To her church during harvest festivals and 
church suppers she was chief cook, overseeing the preparation of chicken pies and 
the cooking that was required. Her work within the Church itself was unlimited. 
There were not many offices in the Church or Sunday School where she did not 
serve at one time or another. In all these services, she never became weary in well- 
doing, remembering the words of Christ as he said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it 
to the least of these, ye have done it unto me." 



CHURCH MEMBER HONORED 

On Sunday morning November 4, 1979, The Phillips Chapel United Church saw 
fit to pay honor to one of its oldest and most faithful members, Mrs. Myrtle Thomp- 
son. 

Mrs. Lacy Scott was in charge of this special service which was a surprise to 
Mrs. Thompson. Mrs. Scott read a poem which she had composed in her honor. 
Mrs. Thompson was kept in suspense until her name was revealed in the last line of 
the poem. 

Many of the church members stood and paid tribute to this good and loyal church 
member. The altar flowers were given in honor of Mrs. Thompson by her children. 
At the close of the service, Mrs. Scott presented a money tree to Mrs. Thompson 
with gifts from church members, relatives and friends. The congregation then mov- 
ed to the fellowship hall where a surprise dinner was spread in her honor. 

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Mrs. Myrtle Thompson and Mrs. Sarah C. Morrow Honored at 
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Bible Study begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. here 
at the Church. We will begin studying the Book of 
Acts. 



There will be a short Candle Light Service 
Following Bible Study at 7:00 p.m. This service 
Is in preparation of our Evanellstic Week in 
March. We encourage everyone to attend. 

Our Fall Festival is Fast Approaching! I We 
hope everyone has been preparing their baked 
goods and craftd as well as spreading the date 
of November 17th to friends and family. Serving 
time this Year ia 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Barbecued 
Chicken, 2 vegetables, dessert and drink. 

Adults - $2.75 

Children - 51.75 

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THERE IS ONE AMONG US 



There is one among us 

That is beautiful in soul 

Her life has been beautiful 

For one and for all 

She never gives up when the 

Going gets rough 

She never says "I've had enough." 

There is one among us 

We admire, each and every one 

She's like refreshing rain 

And warm like the sun 

She's a loving and gentle person 

With an occassional tear in her eye 

I think we'll all agree 

We love her more as days go by. 

There is one among us 
Who has meant so very much 
To every man, woman and child 
At Phillips Chapel Church 
We feel that she's a part of us 
And we just couldn't be complete 
without seeing her there 
With a ready smile 
To wave her hand and speak. 

There is one among us 

Who always carries God in her heart 

And with Him there 

She knows they'll never part 

She reads her Bible 

And tells the story 

Of God on high and all His glory. 

There is one among us 
Who is a living inspiration 
And in case Dear and lovely lady 
You haven't guessed by now 
It's you, Mrs. Myrtle Thompson. 



Lacy Scott 



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IN HONOR 

Mrs. Annie Minor Ray. 
by her children Mr. C. M. Ray, Jr., Mrs. Jane Ray Brown, and Mrs. Jean Ray 
Chandler 

Mrs. Sarah C. Morrow 
Mrs. Myrtle S. Thompson 
Miss Cynthia D. Turner 
Mrs. Berta D. Cook 
by the Ladies Bible Class. 

Altar Guild: 
Mrs. Livvie B. Wood 
Mrs. Willie C. Davis 
Mrs. Mozelle V. Burke 
by the Ladies Bible Class. 

Mrs. Sarah C. Morrow 
by her children 

Mrs. Myrtle S. Thompson 
by her children 

Mr. Dale Cook and Mrs. Berta D. Cook 
by their daughter Mrs. Wanda C. Simmons 

Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Shore 
by their daughter Mrs. Jo Ann S. Auman, Jerry, Michael and Marc 

Mrs. Narvie W. Morrow 
by former students ot her Sunday School Class at Phillips Chapel 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sawyer 
by their daughter Mrs. Brenda S. Gum 

Mr. Jean Coble and Mrs. Betty Lou Sawyer 
by the Friendly Helpers Sunday School Class 

Mrs. Zula Thompson Terrell 
by Mrs. Ola B. Guthrie and Miss Lois Bradshaw 

IN MEMORIAM 

Mr. Kern Lee Thompson and wife Pearl Crawtord Thompson 
by their daughter Mrs. Sarah T. Rich 

Mr. W. Reid Thompson 
by his wife Mrs. Sadie P. Thompson 

Mr. Lawrence E. Turner and wife Mary S. Turner 
by their daughter Miss Cynthia D. Turner 

Mr. J. Dwight Burke 
by his wife Mrs. Mozelle V. Burke and daughter Carolyn B. Capps 

Rev. George Alson Davis 
by his wife Mrs. Elizabeth R. Davis and the children 

Mr. Leroy Davis 
by his wife Mrs. Minnie S. Davis 



Mrs. Ethylene Bradshaw Payne 
by her husband Mr. G. C. (Tom) Payne 

Mr. William Paisley Thompson and wife Sallie Lowe Thompson 
by their daughter Mrs. Zula T. Terrell 

Mr. George Craven Davis and wife Mamie Riley Davis 
by their children 

Mr. Alfred Hunter Paris 
by his wife Mrs. Lucille Newlin Paris 

Miss Grace Bell Paris 
by Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Paris and Mrs. William M. Home 

Mr. and Mrs. John Sidney Paris 
by Mr. and Mrs. Bynum C. Stockard and Mrs. Will Dixon 

Mrs. Bobbie W. Albright 
by her mother Mrs. Nellie W. McPherson and her children Eric L. Albright, 
and Robin Albright Gentry and Danny Gentry 

Mrs. Josie W. Davis 
by her son-in-law Jean Coble 

Mr. John C. Griffin and Laura B. Griffin 
by the children of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Davis 

Mr. George A. Spence and Olivia B. Spence 
by their son Mack Spence 

Mr. Albert Vernon Bradshaw and Mattie Foushee Bradshaw 
by their daughter Hazel B. Spence 

Mrs. Augusta G. Burke 
by Mrs. Mozelle V. Burke and Carolyn B. Capps 

Mr. Charlie P. Thompson and Mrs. Maggie Newlin Thompson 
by their sons Mr. C. Page Thompson, Mr. Wayne Thompson, Rev. Neil 
Thompson and Mr. Donald N. Thompson. 

Mr. Eddie I. Davis and Mrs. Reba Griffin Davis 
by their children Mr. and Mrs. (Mildred) Clyde Graves, Mr. and Mrs. Sabert T. 
Davis, Mr. and Mrs. (Mabel) Wink Garrett, Mr. and Mrs. (Nadine) Glenn 
Bolick, Mr. and Mrs. (Lacy) Danny Scott. 

Mr. John Lee Davis and Mrs. Zanie Pickard Davis 
by their grandson Mr. Mack Davis. 

(Infant) Joseph Heath Davis 
by his grandfather Mr. Mack Davis 

Mr. G. W. McCulloch Thompson and Mrs. Lydia T. Thompson 
by Phillips Chapel Sunday School 

Mrs. Lizzie Thompson Kearns 
by her daughter Mrs. Sarah Kearns Lewis 

Mrs. Josie Wood Davis 
by her husband Mr. Carson L. Davis and the children 

Mr. Walter C. Crawford and Mrs. Tempie Ann Frazier Crawford 
by their children 

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Rev. George Alson Davis 
by Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Farrell 

Mr. John Thomas Quails and Mrs. Dewel Teer Quails 
by Mrs. Francis T. Hunter 

Mr. Junius P. Hunter 
by his wife Mrs. Francis Teer Hunter 

Mr. Robert Leo Childress 
by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie D. Childress 

Miss Nannie Martisia Davis 
by Mr. and Mrs. Coy Davis 

Mr. Malcolm Jordan 
by his wife Mrs. Dorothy T. Jordan 

Mr. Lyman Ralph Snipes 
by his wife Mrs. Opal M. Snipes 

Mr. Charlie P. Thompson and Mrs. Maggie N. Thompson 
by Mrs. Emma N. Crawford 

Rev. Lacy Hunter Thompson 
by his brothers Mr. Dewitt Thompson and Mr. Norman Thompson 

Mrs. Pearl Dean Gossage 

by her husband Mr. Ray A. Gossage and Mr. and Mrs. (Becky) Don Smith 
and Mr. and Mrs. (Linda) Steve Lee, Mr. and Mrs. (Clara D.) Paul F. Crowson 

Mr. William Johnston Paris and Mrs. Mattie Jane Davis Paris 
by their daughter Mrs. Sallie P. Jobe 

Mr. John Currie Paris and Mrs. Delia Holt Paris 
by their daughter Mrs. Mary Ann McVey 

Mr. James Lawrence Thompson 
by his wife Mrs. Blanch W. Thompson and the children 

Mr. June P. Thompson and Miss Mattie Thompson 
by Mr. and Mrs. (Ola Snipes) Grady Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Snipes, 
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Snipes, Mrs. Adelle Snipes Doby, Miss Edna Snipes 

Mr. Alvis Milton Hadley and Mrs. Josie Lee Crawford Hadley 
by their daughters Miss Doris Hadley and Mrs. Mary Hadley Rich 

Mrs. Pauline Bailey Crawford 
by her husband Mr. Leroy Crawford 

Mrs. Pearl Dean Gossage 
by her father Mr. William Roy Dean 

Mr. John M. Bradshaw and Mrs. Louzetta Perry Bradshaw 
by their Granddaughter Miss Lois Bradshaw 

Miss Melvina Thompson and Miss Julia Thompson 
by Miss Lois Bradshaw 

Mr. Edwin Pope Bradshaw and Mrs. Eunice McVey Bradshaw 
by their son Mr. Jimmy Bradshaw and his wife Mrs. Joyce Bradshaw 

Mr. Clifford McKinley Ray Sr. 
by his children 

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Mr. Joseph C. Davis (Veteran of Civil War) 
by the Davis families 

Private First Class Edwin Luther Turner (Killed in action World War II in France) 
by his sisters Mrs. Mae T. Tomlinson and Mrs. Dorothy T. Johnston 

Mrs. Alice Martin Hundley 
by Mr. and Mrs. Wade Davis and the grandchildren Linda, Louise and Jeff 

Mr. John William Thompson 
by his children 

Mr. Claude P. Reavis and Mrs. Lou Boswell Reavis 
by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sawyer 

Mr. Samuel Elwood Sawyer and Mrs. Jennie Gray Sawyer 
by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sawyer 

Mr. Charlie Graham Bradshaw 
by his wife Christine T. Bradshaw 

Mrs. Annie Belle Bradshaw Tapp 
by her husband George S. Tapp 

El lie Mae Evans (age 15 mo.) 
Miss Amy Loraine Evans (age 19 yrs.) 
by their father Mr. Harold P. Evans 

Mr. Zane D. Davis 
by Mr. Mack Davis 

Mr. James A. Coggins and Robert V. Coggins 
by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Sawyer 

Mr. E. Fuller Crawford and Mrs. Sallie Long Crawford 
by Mr. Hermon T. Crawford, Sr. 

Mr. Rhomie D. Farrell and Mrs. Daisy Askew Farrell 
by their son Mr. R. Hoyle Farrell 

Mr. Pallie M. Roney 
by his wife Mrs. Annie May Roney and his daughter Mrs. Juanita Saunders 

Mr. Richard D. Teer and Mrs. Nancy Ann Bradshaw Teer 

Mr. William C. Minor and Mrs. Margaret Ellen Teer Minor 

Mr. Robert Allen Fitch and Mrs. Nannie Bell Minor Fitch 
by Mrs. Clara Fitch Glosson and Betsy Mayer, Mr. R. Banks Fitch and Louise, 
Tern, Cynthia and Margaret, Mrs. Reba Fitch Moser and her children, Mr. D. 
Kirk Moser, Mrs. Nancy Corolyn May. 

Mr. Mack Roney 
by Mr. and Mrs. James D. Cook 

Mr. Edgar Allen Roney 
by his wife Mrs. Nina F Roney and the children 

Infant Donna Hope Gum 
by her parents Rev. and Mrs. Donald Gum 

Infant Linda Crawford 
by her mother Mrs. Jessie S. Crawford 

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Mrs. Alice Martin Hundley 
by the family of her granddaughter Terry, Bonnie, Jeniffer and Robert Travis 
Davis 

Rev. George Alson Davis 
by Mr. and Mrs. Mack Spence 

Mr. Mack Roney 
by his wife Mrs. Joy Bell J. Roney 

Mrs. Edith Preddy Clark 
by her sister Mrs. Dillard Paris 

Mr. William Haywood Teer and Mrs. Sallie (Turner) Teer 
by Mr. and Mrs. (Sallie T.) Raymond Shore 

Mrs. Mabel T. Harris 
by Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shore 

Mr. Charlie Graham Bradshaw 
by Rev. Jimmy R. Tatum 

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Bradshaw 
by their grandchildren Mrs. Mildred W. Kennedy and Mr. Warren Wilson 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Wilson 
by their children Mrs. Mildred W, Kennedy and Mr. Warren Wilson 

Mr. Charlie Reid Wilson 
by his sister Mrs. Mildred W. Kennedy, by his brother Mr. Warren Wilson 

Mr. George W. Bradshaw and Mrs. Ada Thompson Bradshaw 
by their daughter Mrs. Ola B. Guthrie 

Mr. Albert Luther Bradshaw and Mrs. Alice Naomi Crutchfield Bradshaw 
by their children 

Mr. Albert Eugene Bradshaw 
by his sisters Livvie B. Wood, Christine B. Nicholson, and Dillie B. Hamby 

Mr. E. Craven Davis and Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston Davis 
by their grandchildren, the W. J. Davis family, Mrs. Sallie P. Jobe, The George 
Davis family, the Ed Davis family, the Carson Davis family 

Mr. William Johnston Davis 
by his wife Mrs. Sarah C. Davis Morrow and children 

Mr. Lonnie Walter Curl and Mrs. Narcissie Williams Curl 
by their daughter Mrs. Sarah C. Morrow 

Mr. Jasper N. Wood and Mrs. Josephine Neese Wood 
by their grandchildren 

Mr. Robert Leo Childress 
by Jerry, Jewel, and Mike Ray 

Mr. Wistar H. Wood, Mrs. Betty Love Wood and Charles Harris Wood 
by the Wood family Mr. William A. Wood, Mrs. Nellie W. McPherson, Mrs. Edna 
W. Crutchfield, Mr. Eugene M. Wood, Mr. John Roy Wood, Mrs. Alene W. 
Stanley, Mrs. Jessie W. Petty, Mrs. Katherine D. Wood 

Mr. Charles W. Davis and Mrs. Nancy Mendenhall Davis 
by the Davis families 



Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ray 
by Miss Ella Brewer, Mrs. Lillie Gardner, Mrs. Eula Williams and Mrs. Etta 
Sizemore 

Mr. Bruce L. Wood 
by his wife Mrs. Lona C. Wood, and the children 

Mr. Samuel Lee Bradshaw and Mrs. Cayton Davis Bradshaw 
by Mrs. Doris Bradshaw Crutchfield, and husband Mr. Donald Crutchfield, 
Mr. Wilson Bradshaw and wife Mrs. Rachel Dodson Bradshaw 

Mr. I. Walter Bradshaw 
by Mrs. Livvie B. Wood 

Mr. G. W. McCulloh Thompson, Mrs. Lydia T. Thompson and Mrs. Margaret T. 
Thompson 
by Mr. Dewitte L. Thompson 

Mr. Hoyt S. Phillips 
by his children 

Mr. Albert L. Osborne, Mrs. Rosa Cassidy Osborne and Miss Annie Mae Osborne 
by the Osborne family 

Mrs. Daisy Curl Johnson 
by John and Diann Davis 

Mr. Fred M. Farrell and Mrs. Delia Phillips Farrell 
by their son Mr. Duard M. Farrell 

Mr. W. Graham Crawford and Mrs. Nettie Thompson Crawford 
by the family of Dewey L. Crawford 

Mr. James Vance Snipes and Mrs. Louise Thompson Snipes 
by their son Mr. James Vance Snipes, Jr. 

Mrs. Stella Farrell Landis 
by her sister Mrs. Nina F. Roney 

Mr. George Luther Phillips and Mrs. Margaret May Phillips 
by Ned and Doris Roney 

Mr. Asa L. Ryan, Sr. 

Mr. J. D. Rozzelle and Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw Rozzelle 
Miss Iva Mae Rozzelle 
by Mrs. Nelda Rozzelle Ryan 



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PRIMARY SOURCE MATERIALS 

Phillips Chapel Methodist Church Minutes from 1944 - 1949 

Some Reminiscences of Phillips Chapel Methodist Church from 1880 - 1949 
by Mrs. Ada Thompson Bradshaw and Miss Annie Webster. 

Discipline of The United Methodist Church 1976 

Bulletins of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church from 1948 - 1981 

Journal 1976 of The North Carolina Annual Conference Raleigh Area of the United 
Methodist Church (Southeastern Jurisdiction] 

Ministers serving Phillips Chapel Methodist Church from 1854 - 1880 
Duke Divinity School Library, Durham, N.C. 

North Carolina Christian Advocate June 1949, December 1959, May 1968 

"Durham District Methodist Meeting at Phillips Chapel", Burlington Daijy Times- 
News , April 22, 1949 

Parlin, Charles C, "Our Common Heritage" Address to The Evangelical United 
Brethren General Conference October 25, 1962 

"10,000 N. C. Methodist 'Let Spirit Lead' In Celebration" Durham Morning Herald 
April 4, 1976 

Pictures of early church members and a picture of the first church furnished by 
Mrs. Zula Thompson Terrell and Miss Lois Bradshaw of Burlington, N. C. 

Recent pictures of Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church members furnished by 
Mrs. Betty Lou Sawyer and Mrs. Patsy Sawyer. 



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CHRISTMAS 1980 




Christmas 1980, Oaniell Carden David Carden, Michael Ward 
Marc Auman, Windy Smith, Jane Farrell. Wanda C, Simmons. 



Christmas Program 1980, 1st row: Carden Twins. Allen Smith. 
Windy Smith, Nicki McKinney. 2nd row: Tripp Edwards, Stephanie 
, Scott, and Chris Edwards, 




Christmas 1980 




Christmas M 



Christmas Play, The Snow Storm, 
charge ol the program 



1980. Mrs. Lacy Scott was in 



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Christmas 1980 Rev. Jimmy R. Tatum 





The Chnsmon tree 1980 Mrs Berta Cook Superintendent of the 
Sunday School. 



Chrismon Tree 1980 





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Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church Parsonage 1974. 
Dedicated Sept 22, 1974. 



Rev. Jimmy R. Tatum, Martha and Tennille 1981 

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Nursery Children: L to R: Allen Smith. Robert Travis Davis. Mrs. 
Joy Bell Roney. 



Kindergarten Teacher: Wanda Simmons. L to R. 1st row: Jennifer 
Davis, David Carden, Marc Auman, 2nd row: Michael Ward, Windy 
Smith, Niki McKinney, Dannille Carden, Wanda Simmons. 




Jr. High Teacher Cindy Phillips. L to R April Spence, Cindy 
Phillips. Susan Farrell, Kim Spence. Chris Sawyer, 2nd row: Jeff 
Scott. Mark Farrell, Russ Allen. 



METHODIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP 1981 , Michael Davis Counselor 
1st row L to R: April Spence, Kim Spence. Stephanie Scott, Chris 
Sawyer, Tina Davis, 2nd row Michael Johnson, Jeff Scott, Russ 
Allen, Cheryl Graves. 3rd row Michael Davis, Mark Farrell. Carol 
Graves. 




Junior Sunday School Class. Teacher Mrs Mabel Garrett L to R 
Scott Phillips, Susan Farrell, Stephanie Scott, Chris Enoch, 




CHOIR - Kay Farrell Pianist. Jerry Auman. L to R 1st row: Becky 
Smith, Patsy Sawyer, Karen Crawford, Bonnie Davis, Betty 
Sawyer, Lacy Scott, Jo Ann Auman. Joy Bell Roney, 2nd row: 
Wanda Simmons, Moonyeen Williams, Ruby Phillips, Hazel 
Spence, 3rd row: Ray Gossage. Danny Scott. Donald Smith, Jerry 
Ray. 



The Joy Trio: L to R. Pat Williams, Becky Smith, Choir Director, 
Kay Farrell, Pianist. Jerry Auman, Bass Guitar. 





Methodist Men's Club: L to R. 1st row: Rev. Jimmy Tatum, Dale 
Cook, Terry Davis, Bill Wood, Jack Phillips, Ray Sawyer. 2nd row: 
Ray Gossage. Norman Thompson, Sabert Davis, Donald Smith. 
Frank Digweed, Doug Sawyer. 3rd row: J.C. Shore, Norman 
McVey, Jerry Auman, Danny Scott, Mack Spence, Jean Coble. 



Past Presidents of the Men's Club. L to R: Dale Cook, Danny Scott 
- President, J.C. Shore. Bill Wood, Doug Sawyer. 





Sunday School Superintendent, Danny Scott: L to R: Past 
Superintendent: Berta Cook, Ray Sawyer, Betty Sawyer, Dale 
Cook, Danny Scott, J.C. Shore, Doug Sawyer, Frank Digweed. 



Men's Bible Class. Teacher. Ray Sawyer L to R. 1st row: Norman 
Thompson, J.C. Shore, Ray Sawyer, Bill Wood, Dale Cook, 2nd 
row: Norman McVey, Mack Spence, Frank Digweed. 



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Friendly Helpers S.S. Class. L to Ft: Betty Sawyer, Karen 
Crawford, 2nd row: Bonnie Davis, Texi Owens, Patsy Sawyer, 
Ruby Phillips, Moonyeen Williams, Jo Ann Auman, Terry Davis, 
Danny Scott, 3rd row: Rev. Jimmy Tatum, Martha Tatum, Becky 
Smith, Joy Bell Roney, Peggy Gossage, Willie Davis, Kay Farrell, 
Lacy Scott, Jerry Ray, Doug Sawyer, 4th row: Donald Smith, Jerry 
Auman, Sabert Davis, Jean Coble, Ray Gossage. 




Ladies Bible Class, L to R: 1st row: Sarah C. Morrow, Cynthia 
Turner, Livvie Wood, Mozelle Burke, Mattie Shore. 2nd row: Mary 
Jane Carden, Mattie Bell Thompson, Dare Carden, Ruby Davis, 
Angnes Smith, Myrtle Thompson, Marion Digweed, Bertha Cook, 
Hazel Spence. 



Past Presidents of the United Methodist Women: L to R: Mattie 
Shore, Betty Sawyer, Myrtle Thompson, Sarah C. Morrow, Cynthia 
Turner, Moonyeen Williams, Patsey Sawyer, JoAnn Auman, Bon- 
nie Davis. 





White Lake Outing 1980 



Family Night August 24, 1980. L to R: Elizabeth Davis, Bill Wood. 
Homer Davis, Ray Sawyer, Jess Crawford, Mack Spence, Marc 
Auman. 




Methodist Youth Fellowship 1980 



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Baby Contest 1953 - was held to help raise funds for a new par- 
sonage on Highway 54. The amount raised was $1 ,774.55. Twelve 
babies were entered in the contest. Jo Ann Shore won the contest 
and William Toney Hill Jr. was the winner for the boys. Mrs. Sarah 
Davis served as chairman of the finance committee. The winners 
were crowned by the minister Rev. W.A. Seawell. 



Wanda Cook • Winner, Sherry Sawyer - R 




M.Y.F. Betty Sawyer Counselor. L to R. 1st row: Mable Davis, Ber- 
tha Davis, Hilda Wood, Hattie Davis, 2nd row: Eddie White, Marie 
Davis, Dale Davis, Lunette Thompson, 3rd row: Clarence, Davis, 
Maurice Teer, Jr., Sabert Davis. Richard White, Beulah Davis. 



Bible School 1954. Minister W.A. Seawell. 



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Easter egg hunt, April 1957 




Reception for Mr. and Mrs. Horace Ferguson 1968, and the 
womanless wedding 




Auction sale at church. Lacy James 



Mrs. Tempie Crawford and Mrs Laura Griffin. 



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